Leaking overflow pipe

I have five drops of water coming from my ceiling unsure if it’s a leaking overflow pipe or a roof leak?

Asked by Ian on 24th Oct 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Need to access the loft. Whether Theres a tank there may have failed bullock.
Otherwise seek roof leaks.
Would recommend you have a decent light present and recommend that you wear a face mask to prevent breathing in loft insulation fabrics.
Answered on 24th Oct 2023 - Member since Jul 2023 - report
"A quick inspection in a well lit and boarded loft will soon reveal where it is coming from by manually letting the overflow run with water induced into it. Good luck."
Answered on 31st Oct 2023 - Member since Aug 2023 - report
"Leak needs to be investigated, plumber needs to check your overflow pipe ."
Answered on 24th Oct 2023 - Member since Oct 2023 - report
"Need to check tank in loft if you have one ball cock may have failed and need replacing, if not take decent light up and check for signs of leak from roof"
Answered on 24th Oct 2023 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
"You will need to go in the loft. If there is a leak in the roof you may be able to see daylight through the roof somewhere or maybe some roofing felt drooping down. Failing that check if the water level in the tank is high enough to be using the overflow. If it is follow the overflow pipe down to approximately where the leak in the ceiling is and check for a disconnected or broken pipe"
Answered on 7th Nov 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"Can be the overflow but can be and the vents from roof , in both cases you need to take action asap"
Answered on 16th Feb 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
does it drip more when raining or not if not probably overflow if toilet is overfowing if not usually small drips from soil pipe where connected to toilet pan"
Answered on 2nd Nov 2023 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
"Would check the loft space for signs of water and the roof. If it was the roof leaking would only happen in bad weather."
Answered on 18th Mar 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
"Determining whether it's a leaking overflow pipe or a roof leak can require a bit of investigation. Here are a few steps to help narrow down the cause:

Location of the Water Drops: Try to pinpoint the exact location of the water drops. Is it near a wall or closer to where the ceiling meets the wall? If it's closer to a wall, it might indicate a plumbing issue, potentially from an overflow pipe. If it's more centralized, it could be a roof leak.

Check the Overflow Pipe: If you have access to your attic or the area above where the water is dripping, check the overflow pipe from any tanks or systems in your home. Overflow pipes are usually connected to hot water tanks or heating systems. Look for any signs of water around these pipes or any dripping.

Inspect the Roof: If the water is coming from a more central area of the ceiling, it might suggest a roof leak. Check for missing or damaged shingles, signs of moisture, or stains on the ceiling that could indicate a roof leak.

Consult Professionals: If you're uncertain or unable to identify the source of the leak, it might be best to consult a plumber and a roofing specialist. They can inspect both the plumbing system and the roof to determine the cause of the leak accurately.

It's essential to address this issue promptly to prevent any further damage to your home. Water leaks can lead to structural damage and mold growth if left untreated."
Answered on 15th Nov 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"it's very simple, it doesn't rain and it leaks, then something is wrong with the system, it leaks when it rains, the roof needs maintenance"
Answered on 14th Jan 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
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