How to Fix a Water Damaged Ceiling
You know the look of a water damaged ceiling: that horrible brown spot that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Not only does this look terrible, but it can also become dangerous if left unchecked. A waterlogged ceiling can eventually collapse if the weight of the absorbed moisture becomes heavy enough. Damp areas are also breeding grounds for mould and mildew, which can get sucked into your home’s air conditioning system and recirculated into the air that you and your family breathe, leading to all kinds of health problems.
Luckily, you may be able to repair the damage yourself if you are handy around the house. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1 – Find the Source
Before you even think about starting any plaster repairs, you need to figure out where the water is coming from. It won’t do you any good to fix the ceiling if the leak is still there. In many cases, it is due to a problem with your roof, but it could also be leaking pipes or a broken air conditioner.
Step 2 – Remove the Damage
Look for any signs of mould, mildew or rot, and remove these parts. Look for any areas that are still wet, as these are the most likely locations for damage. Look for any wood that is warped or bulging, more signs of water damage.
Step 3 – Allow the Area to Dry
Set up fans both in your attic and in the room with the water damaged ceiling. The goal is to get everything as dry as possible to prevent any further damage or mould from forming. If you notice any mould remaining once everything is dry, you can scrub it away with diluted bleach.
Step 4 – Drywall or Plaster Repair
Whether or not you will be able to complete the drywall or plaster repair yourself will depend on the extent of the damage and your construction skills. Plastering a ceiling is much more difficult than fixing a wall, so you may wish to leave this to the professionals if you have any doubts as to your abilities.
Here at Perth Ceiling Repairs, we are highly experienced in all types of ceiling repairs and renovations in Perth, including fixing water damage. Our technicians will always treat you with professionalism and courtesy, showing you and your home the respect you deserve. Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation.