It’s not hard to tell when you have a ceiling leak, but it can be harder to find the source of the water. Common causes can include leaky or burst pipes, a toilet or tub that has overflowed, and leaks in your roofing. Ceiling leaks can cause staining and lead to mold if they start off slow, while large leaks and burst pipes will cause your ceiling to crumble completely. If you have a serious issue you will probably want to call a professional full-service repair company, but here are a few things you can do to handle a smaller issue:
Drying The Ceiling
- If the damage is minor, you will want to find the source first and repair that. Using fans and dehumidifiers can be a big help after the repair is done, and you may want to rent commercial units for the best effect. You can use scaffolding to raise these machines up near the ceiling, improving airflow and getting things drier faster.
- For a minor ceiling situation, you can make repairs without replacing drywall or plaster by scrubbing the area to take away loose debris, wiping the area with a clean cloth, and allowing it to air dry. If your ceiling is painted, apply a primer to block water spots, and then apply 2 coats of paint, blending it into the damaged areas. For a plaster ceiling, just fill in the gaps and cracks with new plaster.
The steps above are great for someone who is a do-it-yourselfer or when the damage is minor. If you have experienced a large leak in your ceiling with a lot of damage to your building, you can rely on us here at Ascension General Contractors. We are a full-service repair company, and we’re proud to be able to help all our friends and neighbors here in the Nashville area when the unexpected happens. We are also experienced in handling insurance claims and we can help you make sure that you won’t suffer an insurance loss after damages to your home or commercial property.