Ceiling water damage can be extremely inconvenient, frustrating, and expensive – with some people paying thousands of dollars as a result of not immediately tackling this problem as soon as they notice the initial signs.
After seeing stains on your ceiling (that are more than likely brown, copper, or dark colored), seeing your walls “bubble up”, or seeing your ceiling crack/chip off paint, it is extremely important to not leave this unrepaired and take immediate action.
Leaving this unattended can possibly result in severe ceiling water damage to your house, apartment, or place of business. Whether your ceiling is made of plaster or drywall, it can always lose the fight against water.
Step 1: Identify Water Damage on Ceiling
If you see that this is happening, the first recommendation would be to FIND and FIX the water source. Once you see the severity of the situation, you can decide if you: need to hire a water damage repair company, or can possibly repair the issue yourself (which can be risky).
Signs of Water Damage
Besides stains, other signs of water damage to your ceiling can be:
- Odors (such as a musty and/or earthy smell),
- Discolored growths,
- Peeling wall surfaces,
- Or damaged ceilings (some ceilings even start to sag or cave in once they are damaged).
These instances often occur with basement ceilings (as a result of water from a leaky shower drain PVC pipe U-bend onto the suspended drywall ceiling of a basement). But again, your first action should be finding where the water is coming from.
Step 2: Assess Ceiling Water Damage
Once this is located, you need to assess the time and cost associated with correcting the problem.
For instance, replacing your pipes may be cheaper and faster that replacing the leaky section of your roof. Action must be taken because this is a problem that doesn’t just go away, it only worsens.
If you notice the problem getting worse before you fix it, it is extremely important that you check for ceiling mold damage when you eventually dry your ceiling. Not doing so can result in health problems.
“Not all mold can easily be caught with a pair of eyes, so it also important to hire a mold specialist or a professional mold cleaner.”
Step 3: Remove Parts of Damaged Ceiling
Before you attempt to dry the ceiling above, it is important for you to protect your floor and furniture by covering them with a tarp. When the source of the water has been halted, please dry the ceilings with towels, cloths, a fan, or whatever can soak up the water.If your ceiling is hanging after this, you should use a knife or any cutting object to remove the damaged parts.
After that, you should smooth any ridges between the affected and clean areas. If the damage has resulted in big holes in your ceiling, you are going to have to use new sheets of drywall or plaster to fix this. With any leftover stains on your ceilings, you may have to place primer and paint to get your ceilings back to looking fresh and new.
Tons of ceiling leaks in many developments are a result of leaky toilets, as some toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons of water each day. Both tenants and landlords should tackle this problem immediately, to not only save water, but to be considerate of the tenant living below them.
Natural disasters like hurricanes, severe storms, earthquakes or tornadoes, can also cause severe ceiling damage. If a disaster occurs, it is extremely important to examine your ceiling in every room to check for any cracks. Since every crack is not seen with the naked eye, you should search with a flashlight as they can be really small. Cracks located on the edge of the ceiling can be normal, while long, wide cracks in the middle of ceiling can be troublesome.