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Your ceiling serves as the second line of defense for your home after your roof. A ceiling not only provides extra protection against extreme weather, but it also conceals wiring and ductwork from the naked eye.
However, your ceiling is vulnerable to water damage if your roof has seen better days or you have pipes running through the attic or the upper floor.
If rainwater finds its way to your ceiling or a pipe passing through the attic bursts, the resulting water damage on your ceiling can be pretty ugly.
A water-damaged ceiling can wreck your house’s curb appeal and cause mold growth and health problems. If your ceiling is water-damaged, you need to take immediate action to prevent further damage and other problems.
Here’s what to do when your ceiling has water damage and restore it to its pre-loss condition.
The first thing to do when you experience water damage in your ceiling is to determine the water source and fix it to prevent further damage. If you don’t fix the source of the water problem, any repairs you make will be rendered useless.
Some of the common causes of ceiling water damage include leaky pipes, extreme weather, clogged gutters, roof damage, and more.
Sometimes the source of the water may be obvious, but there are some situations where it can be difficult to locate the source. It’s possible for water to travel far from the source of the leak and cause damage in an area where you least expect it.
The next step is to dry the water-damaged ceiling using towels and fans. First, lay down a floor covering to protect your floors from water and debris. Take your time to dry all the affected areas to ensure you thoroughly address the moisture.
Be sure to wear the necessary protective gear before you begin removing the water-damaged sections. Inspect the ceiling to determine the extent of the damage and remove all compromised sections, including stained drywall panels.
A water-damaged ceiling is more likely to develop ridges, bumps, and rough areas. Use sandpaper to smooth these imperfections and fill the small holes on the ceiling with joint compound and smooth it down once it has dried. If you’ve removed some sections of the ceiling, fill the hole with a new piece of drywall and apply a coat of adhesive around the edges to hold the patch in place. Wait for the adhesive to dry and smooth it down.
Complete the process by applying primer to the ceiling and allowing it to dry, then repaint the ceiling.
Repairing a water-damaged ceiling can be challenging, especially if you don’t have water damage restoration know-how and experience. This is a very involving process that should be left to a reputable water damage company.
If you need help with repairing a water-damaged ceiling, Tidal Wave Response can help.