How to fix a water damaged ceiling is much to do with a lot of physical labor, the right tools, and a precision skill set. During the summer, weather conditions become inclement year after year and this is what makes tropical storm debris cleanup necessary. Unfortunately, strong wind and thunderstorms can inflict more damage than downing trees and spreading debris about. The damage could very well spread into your home, seeping past the outer roof, into the attic and insulation, and eventually, to the interior ceiling.
How to Fix a Water Damaged Ceiling
When dealing with a water damaged ceiling, there is usually more than meets the eye. Because of the structure of many residential homes, water soaks sight unseen into the trusts, joists, insulation, and ceiling. Only when these can no longer absorb water does the problem become readily apparent. In some cases, the moisture creeps and water runs down into the walls, creating bad conditions, causing a need to repair or replace old windows.
Repairing ceiling water damage, whether it is the result of a broken pipe or torrential rainfall, is particularly important for the health and comfort of your home. Left unaddressed, the damage can lead to mold and a weakened structure. Regardless of whether it is made of drywall, plaster, or some other material, no ceiling can be fully protected against these vagaries of water. For this reason, it is important to know how to repair damage once it occurs. —Do It Yourself.com
However, if it’s only confined to a small area of the ceiling, it will be less work to fix. This isn’t to say it will be easy but at least it’s not too big to be overwhelming. Actually, when it comes down to it, there’s not much complexity but it does take some skill to make it look right. If you do not have the necessary tools and/or are not handy with construction materials, it’s best to hire a pro. But, if you still want to go the DIY route, here are the steps for how to fix a water damaged ceiling:
- Seal the outside roof. If you have not already done so, be sure to seal the outside roof to prevent more water and moisture from seeping into the house. Depending on the type of roof over the home, this could mean a simple patch or replacing several components.
- Dry the interior ceiling. The interior ceiling needs to be dry to continue with the repair. Remove all the furniture and decor under the damaged part of the ceiling or cover it with plastic. Then, point an oscillating fan toward the ceiling to expedite the drying process. The quicker it dries, the better because this helps to prevent mold from forming.
- Cut away the damaged portion. After the interior ceiling is dry, you’ll need to cut out the damaged portion. If the ceiling is bulging, cut at least several inches around it, cutting out a square or rectangle. Wear a dust mask, eye protection, and always be careful when on a ladder.
- Fasten and tape the patch in-place. Take measurements to cut a piece of material (drywall or sheet rock) that will fit tightly into the cut-out portion of the ceiling. Also, take the opportunity to replace any damaged insulation. Fit the patch into place, then secure it in-place with fastening screws and use tape to conceal the gaps.
- Prime and paint the patch to finish. Once the patch is secured, prime and paint it to make it blend with the rest of the ceiling. If you do not have any left over paint from the original color, take it to a local home improvement or hardware store to have it matched.
When you’re ready to start the demolition process, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services. Our crew will provide construction and remodeling debris cleanup so you don’t have to deal with it and keep on-track.