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October 15, 2018by was73100

Most people agree that ceiling water damage can be very frustrating, for the fact that you may need to spend a lot of money in repairing or replacing the entire ceiling; depending on the intensity of the damage.

Plaster or sheet rock is most widely used as material for ceilings in the US. The downside of these materials is that water tends to build up and saturate the surface, until swelling and leaking begin. The end result can be a severely damaged ceiling and home, with the possibility of collapse or compromising the integrity of the structure.

The most effective way to handle this problem is by hiring a water extraction company. Such companies have the proper experience and knowledge required in handling the water damaged areas while preventing future mold outbreaks.

Although hiring a professional is highly recommended, here are some simple tips to help you if you decide to tackle the job yourself.

Step 1 – Locate

The first step involves making sure you properly locate all areas where the leak may be coming from. This step is crucial for ensuring all possible holes are located to be taken care of. Otherwise the risk for leaks in the future increases.

You should be able to identify and stop the water source fairly easy. This step is very important. Failure to do so might increase the water damaged ceiling repair cost by a big margin. If a person is not able to identify the source of water, all the repairs will be in vain.

Step 2 – Drying

This next step involves drying the water damaged areas. Before commencing this procedure, ensure you protect both your furniture and floor by spreading tarps over them. A person can use a towel or a vacuum cleaner to dry the ceiling. It is advisable to clean both the interior and exterior of the ceiling.

This step might involve stabbing through the saturated ceiling for water to pour down. This process is very crucial as it helps prevents molds from both spreading and forming. The water cleanup process is very important as it helps eliminate the possibility of molds developing.

Don’t forget to remove the damaged parts of the ceiling. Damaged ceilings can be either loose or bulging. Such ceiling parts should be scraped out. A person can use various home equipment; ranging from knives and paint scrapers to remove the damaged parts.

After all water has been let to drip from the affected areas, use a couple fans and air dry the damaged ceiling until completely dry.

Step 3 – Repair

The next step involves preparing the ceiling for painting. Some heavy repair of drywall may be needed at this…


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Source by Steve F

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