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Water Damaged Ceilings

How to solve the problem of water damage to the ceiling?

Water damage is one of the leading causes of ceiling repairs in Australia. Although a water leak or water damage is usually easy to spot when there is a large enough area damaged.
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Finding where a leak has started from and then fix the cause is challenging. 

Prevention is always the best way to stop water damage – But often you are not aware that there is a leak until the tell tale signs appear.

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Common reasons for water damage include 

  • Leaking or burst pipes
  • Overflowing toilet or bathtub from above
  • Appliance issues
  • Leaking roofs. 
  • Guttering failures

However, any source of water that reaches the ceiling will eventually cause damage. 

Small ceiling leaks, for example, can cause yellowish-brown stains and if it continues, it will lead to mould starting to appear. 

More significant leaks and burst pipes can cause the ceiling to collapse completely. This can happen without any warning.

The sudden amount of water will cause rapid downward pressure on the plasterboard panels and quickly weaken it, causing it to fall or collapse.

The average cost of repairing a ceiling damaged by water is estimated at AU$2,164 in most cities in Australia.

Fixing ceiling water damage, this guide will tell you everything you need to know if your ceiling has water damage.

What causes of ceiling water leaks?

Usually, either plumbing problems or roof leaks cause ceiling water leaks. Most ceiling water damage results from slow leaks that cause yellowish-brown water stains. 

However, a large leak can cause water to run through the ceiling in a matter of minutes.

Problems with plumbing

Plumbing issues account for most ceiling leaks. 

The waterproofing in the bathroom wears out over time, allowing water to seep into the walls and drip onto the ceiling. 

In addition, pipes can expand or contact in the summer or winter, creating a weakness in the pipe or joins.

In rare cases, the pipes can burst or applainces like washing machines or dishwashers cause the flooding.

If the ceiling damage is directly under a bathroom or kitchen ceiling, a leak in the water line could be the problem.

Leaky roofs

Most leaky roofs are due to damaged roof tiles that allow rain to enter your home. 

Roofing can also be compromised by poorly installed skylights or solat panels

If the ceiling damaged by water is under the attic or at the eaves of your home, roof damage is usually the cause.

What are the signs of a ceiling damaged by water?

Fortunately, most signs of leaky ceilings are easy to spot. 

If you notice any of the signs below, you should find and repair the water leak immediately. 

Water dripping from the ceiling.

It would be good to always consider drips from the ceiling as a big problem. Check the pipes above the damage for leaks or overflows. 

Sagging ceiling

A sagging ceiling is a sign of a ceiling leak. As water soaks the plasterboards, it also weakens them. 

The weight of the excess water then causes the ceiling to begin to sink. Usually, a sagging ceiling indicates a moderately severe water leak or problem.

Peeling or bubbling paint

Another sign of a ceiling leak is bubbling or peeling paint.

You may also notice the plaster has swollen and it is no longer a flat surface. This usually occurs with small leaks and there is a constant damp patch. The constant moisture water causes the paint to blister or peel. 

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Ugly water stains

You look up and you notice yout while ceiling had patches of yellow or tan stains. They will usually have rings or bands around them as reapeated water keeps spreading outwards. Repeated or inconsistent leaks will form rings as the water moves farther away from where the water is landing on the boards above. Even if they feel dry, water spots mean there is a leak somewhere.

How can you repair the water damage to your ceiling?

If you have a once off leak in your ceiling and it is minor damage, you may be able to dry the area. 

You may need to repair or replace the damaged section of ceiling.

1. find and repair the water leak

First, you need to find the source of water and repair it. If you repair the ceiling without addressing where the leak has come from it will only lead to problems in the future. 

And the longer you wait to fix the problem, the worse the damage will be.

2. dry out a wet ceiling

The wet ceiling needs to dry out quickly before mould takes hold. Ordinary fans work, but it can take days or even weeks for the ceiling to dry.

Instead, use high-efficiency fans and a dehumidifier to cut down on drying time. You can hire them from hire places like Kennards.

Direct the airflow at the ceiling 

If you are using dehumidifier, place them directly under the damaged ceiling and empty the water reservoir on a regular basis 

With the right equipment, it will take anywhere from six hours to a full day to dry a water-damaged ceiling. However, don’t rely on your eyes or sense of touch to determine if it’s truly dry. Instead, always use a moisture meter to make sure it’s dry.

3. Repair the water-damaged areas

You can usually repair minor water damage to the ceiling without replacing the entire plasterboard panel.

 First, scrub the ceiling with a brush to remove loose dirt. 

Then wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth and contiune to let it dry.

You can repair small gaps and cracks with putty.

For gaps, less than half an inch wide, use cement paste to fill the gaps and leave a smooth surface. For larger gaps, fill them first and then sand them smooth.

You will need to cut away damaged pieces of the ceiling for more extensive damage. 

Use a box cutter or drywall saw to make straight cuts for plasterboard ceilings.

Then cut a new piece of plasterboard slightly smaller than the hole and screw it into the battens

Seal the joints with mud and tape to seal the joints and make your ceiling smooth.

You may want to hire a handyman if this seems to difficult.

Can you repaint a ceiling damaged by water?

Yes, you can. Once you determine that the plaster is dry, you can paint the damaged area with a sealing primer. 

This will cover water stains and seams and prevent the ceiling from soaking up paint. 

If you do not use a primer, the ceiling will need many extra coats of paint.

You can start with at least two coats of primer before applying the topcoat. Then, you can work the topcoat into the old paint for smaller sections. However, it is easier to paint the entire ceiling for larger areas.

Who should I call if I have water damage to the ceiling?

If you have a large area of water damage , Plastering Central is here for you on the NSW Central Coast

For smaller patch pieces – Find a local handyman

Call us today to speak with a team member 

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