Ceiling water damage, just like any other type of household water damage, must be treated with caution. Remember the following general tips as discussed in water damage basics:
- It is critical to fix the root of the damage immediately and not just patch over the affected area
- The root cause of damage can be located away from where the discoloration is occurring, this is due to water running downwards and towards least resistance.
- Look for any types of paint discoloration on household surfaces, including walls, ceilings, baseboards and wood.
- Puddles of water, dripping noises and lack of water pressure are all tell-tale signs of a potential water leaking problem.
This is a common sign of an internal plumbing leak, condensation, or collection of ground water due to baddrainage systems. Unless you are handyman inclined, finding the source of the leak is usually easier left for professionals. Is the water build-up seasonal? If so, this could be a sign of ineffective drainage systems. The solution to this greatly depends on the result of investigation, for example, if you are to find a plumbing problem, a plumber is your best bet to eliminate the causation. If the problem turns out to be external sources of water, you will likely need to make some modifications to your gutters and drainage.
Ceiling Water Damage with Drywall
This can be the trickiest. If a major area of drywall is damaged, it will usually require full replacement of the panel. The drywall will start to sag, fall apart and mold if left untreated. In my opinion, this scenario is best left for experts to handle unless you have dry walling experience. For small water damaged patches in the drywall (little spots of discoloration no bigger than a few inches in diameter), you can use the following methodology to fix the problem:
- Buy some spackling compounds from your local hardware store or order online
- Cut out the affected areas in the drywall with a knife
- Apply spackling solution with a putty knife
- Wipe away excess and let dry (read instructions on the product for details)
- Apply second coat if needed