It starts with a small stain, and then quickly turns into a huge ugly spot. If left untreated, that patch of water damaged ceiling will turn into a bigger mess.
Water damage ceiling can weaken your house’s foundation and can even be a threat to your health because of mold growth.
However, do not worry! Relax; you can prevent that from happening by repairing the damaged post as soon as possible. Here is how you can get it done.
Look for the source
The first thing you need to do is look for the source of leak. How you can do that? By looking for certain clues. The weather, for one, will clue you regarding the location of leak.
For instance, if the leak happens only when it’s raining or snowing, the source could either be a clogged gutter, cracked shingles, or a an ice dam build up.
A water damaged ceiling that continues to worsen even in dry months apparently due to busted pipe.
Either way, it will be useless to fix a water damage ceiling without patching up the source of the leak first. You will just end up shelling out more money in the long run.
Remove the damaged ceiling
Once the source has been fixed, the next step is to prepare the area for repair. Always wear your safety goggles, gloves and mask.
Protect the area directly below the water-damaged ceiling by placing a plastic trap and a bucket above the plastic trap if you need to drain a bowed ceiling.
If you see a bulged part, it means that there is water pooling above it. Carefully, then it would be wise to just remove it. Do this by using a wrecking bar.
Dry the area
Make sure the entire area is completely dry and that any mold growth has been treated before you start the repair
Fan can help you to speed up the process. Leave the window and doors open for better circulation as well.
For the treatments of the spots, start by scraping off the paint on the affected area. After that, spray the area with a primer. Allow it to dry before putting a fresh coat of paint.
For huge damages, you need to saw off the area, and then use a fine grit sandpaper to remove all signs of sharp edges and bumps before patching it up. You can use the existing lath to key the patch into it. As for the fishing coat, a regular joint compound will do.
For full replacement, place a new sheet of wallboard over the area than has been prepped. If you are having a hard time propping it up, secure it with temporary furring strips before putting the ceiling screws.
Cover the seams using a drywall tape before applying the joint compound. Once the joint compound is properly dried, smoothen it out with sandpaper. Apply a primer and let it dry, and then cover it with the small paint color as the rest.
Make sure that not all affected areas need to be removed. However, this should be examined by a professional first. Some of the factors that will be considered are given below:
- The water is not contaminated
- There’s no evidence of mold growth
- The damaged area is structurally sound
The key here is to act quickly before the problem worsens. Remember that it is always cheaper to treat water-damaged ceilings when the problem has just started.
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