Now this isn’t something you’ll have to do or solve often, but when you do, it can indeed be one gigantic headache that isn’t going away anytime soon. In case you were still wondering, yes, we are talking about repairing your ceiling. No mean feat whatsoever, but it has to be done. Sometimes you don;t always a to take care of things whenever they fall apart.
Let’s not mince any words here – water can be quite destructive indeed. The moment it meets the drywall, at best it can make your wall look rather unsightly, and at worst, it can even cause your entire wall to collapse and cave in.
By keeping a keen eye out for such aspects like the appearance of cracks on the surface, you should be able to nip the problem of your damaged ceiling in the bud before it’s too late. Luckily, there are a few steps that once followed, should restore the state of your damaged ceiling back to what it once was. There is nothing really to overtly panic about, just as long as you happen to have the necessary tools for all the repairs. Here are the necessary steps :
- Make sure you find the source of the water leak: All your repairs will be absolutely no good until and unless you find the source of the water leak. Although it may be incredibly frustrating and difficult to do at first, since water can spread out all over leaving you confused about the location of the actual source.
In this regard, removing the damaged drywall is recommended. That way, you will be able to get a closer and better look at where exactly the leak is coming from. Do be extremely careful of black mould if present and make sure that you get it removed as soon as possible. It is extremely harmful and toxic.
- Removing the water-damaged drywall: Firstly, you need to put tarps to catch all the drywall pieces debris caused by the damaged drywall. Then, depending on the level of damage, you can either remove the damaged parts by hand or by using the end of a hammer. For protection, make sure that you wear safety goggles and a dust mask.
- Do the needful repairs: This involves patching up the ceiling by measuring the length of the replacement area and making the perfect size of compound as well. Here, depending on the extent and the area of damage, you might need the help of the professional contractor.
- Apply the paint: This can be done either by a roller applicator or a large paintbrush. Make sure that you paint as evenly as possible and if necessary, apply a second coat of paint as well.
- The final clean-up: This includes all the tiny debris and mounds of dusts, as well as the paint cans and spilled paint (if any). Make sure that you thoroughly rinse your tools and painbrushes in warm water as well
Ultimately, when all is said and done, you need to keep in mind the fact that sometimes, it’s simply not possible to do everything on your own. Even if you know what to do, you may very well be in a situation where you simply do not have the necessary tools at your disposal. In that case, even if you plan out an economic budget regarding all expenses, it would be highly advised that you look around for services that provide the best ceiling fixers.