The consequence of heavy rainfall, earthquake, tropical storm, hurricane or any natural disaster can result in water damage and ceiling stains. Even if your home is still intact, there can be leaky roofs or pipes that can be present as well. Ceiling stains can also be the result of letting the bath rub overflow in an upstairs bathroom.
If you believe that fixing the water damage and/or sealing the ceiling stain is out of your skill set, calling a water restoration company, such as United Water Restoration Group, should be at the very top of your list. When it rains, it pours LITERALLY, so when it rains again, it can result in more water damage and ceiling stains in your home or place of business.
Unless the water has caused structural damage or has ruined the drywall, sealing a common water stain is something anyone can do with no problem.
To make sure that you fix the ceiling properly and that your ceiling stays beautiful and clear of water damage, you’ll need a few materials. Make sure that you have household cleaner, a wire brush, caulk or spackle and fine sandpaper for surface preparation. You’ll also need shellac to create a waterproof barrier over the area, primer, and paint.
The first thing once should do is make sure the ceiling stain isn’t soggy with water damage. If this is the case, you may have to replace the drywall to make sure that mold and mildew doesn’t form – which can result in health issues for the house or place of business (which is not good). Another thing, you have to make sure the problem is completely fixed before attempting to get rid of the ceiling stain. If the bathtub has a leak, please get a plumber to correctly fix the issue before attempting to replace the part of the ceiling that is stained.
If the surface where the ceiling stain isn’t wet, soggy, or extremely soft, your next move should be consisting of removing any loose paint that was a result. You can use the wire brush to help you when doing so. Along with removing the loose paint, you should also try to clean the area with any time of household cleaner. If you spot mildew or mold, make sure you disinfect with cleaner, bleach, and water. It is extremely important to make sure you wipe out the mold completely as it is a great chance that it may start to regrow.
Please make sure that the ceiling stain’s surface is completely dry before you prime. Some people even make sure that they use a hair dryer for small ceiling stains and a dehumidifier to dry up the bigger areas.
Before you prime, you should add a coat of shellac. It is best to let it dry then apply another coat. And always make sure you apply each coat in the same direction with a brush or roller.
After this is completely, you want to make sure that you use high quality primer to seal the stain permanently and completely.
Paint the area with the ceiling color after the primer dries. If you haven’t painted the ceiling for a while, the repair may appear lighter than the rest of the ceiling.