What To Do In The Case Of A Water Damaged Ceiling
A water-damaged ceiling could be the result of several things, many of which are beyond control. In a residential home (or commercial building), there may have been a broken plumbing pipe, a roof or attic leak, even a severe rainfall. But in every case, immediate action is required in order to ensure safety, health and comfort. In a worst-case scenario, a water-damaged ceiling can result in mold, especially when left unattended. Indeed, mold can infiltrate any ceiling surface, whether its mortar, drywall, or plaster. The idea is to get to the underlying source of water damage.
First: Stop the underlying source of water leakage
Clearly, the first step would be to stop the water leakage. Without sourcing the leakage, there’s no point in any repair work. It sounds basic, but locating and repairing a leak may turn into a project of its own. And it’s important to repair properly the first time around – no shortcuts here.
Second: Completely dry the surface of the ceiling
When the water leak has been permanently fixed, the ceiling itself must be dried out (below and above). Dripping water would be an indication that the ceiling has been saturated. This may well require cutting out the soaked portions. This is a time to be cautious with every move.
Third: Remove all of the damaged ceiling parts
Any part of the ceiling that is bulging, loose, chipped, or damaged should be removed. And because the danger of mold is ever present, the collection and disposal of ceiling parts should be expedited with care. In fact, there will be situations where a professional should be called.
Fourth: Properly prep the surface of the ceiling
It’s important to do this right the first time. Taking shortcuts will set the stage for future issues. Where holes are large, new drywall will be required. For smaller holes there are a host of home improvement products on the market. Doing a proper job here will set-up for the next step.
Fifth: Now ready to prime, paint, and finish
Painting properly will pay off. Simply painting over stains won’t be long term. For best results, it’s better to paint the entire ceiling space and avoid the “patched up” look. Where time and proficiency are lacking, the ideal option is to hire a professional with the tools and know-how.
With a water-damaged ceiling, there’s much that a homeowner and/or building owner can do to reduce and even prevent ensuing damage. But there does come a time when a professional touch is required. Matrix Remediation is a professional services contractor that manages water damage from end to end – from cleaning to drywall to insulation to reconstruction. Matrix provides a team of water damage specialists who do it right the first time, with tools, equipment and know-how that deliver results. Matrix clients are in good hands when it comes to damage restoration.
The key to managing a water-damaged ceiling is fast action, and preferably within 24 hours. It’s the best way to ensure structural repairs, occupant health and safety, and long-term restoration.