Ways to Repair Cracked vs Water Damaged Ceilings
Unfortunately over time our ceilings can get damaged. Small cracks, stains and mould can be unsightly, while large cracks, sagging and holes can pose a safety hazard. The good news is a timely repair can restore your ceiling to its former glory, keep occupants safer and prevent more major issues from developing later on.
Noticed cracks or water damage that might need ceiling repair? Perth homes and commercial buildings with significant ceiling damage should be assessed by an expert as soon as possible to avoid developing health and safety risks and more costly damage.
What causes cracks in the ceiling?
Cracks in the ceiling plaster can occur because of a lot of reasons. Most homes will develop some cracks due to the house moving with changing temperatures or settling in the ground. In some cases, cracks can appear because of poor workmanship and incorrect application of plaster or cornices.
What causes ceiling water damage?
From unsightly water stains and black mould spots to leaking ceilings, there are many types of ceiling water damage. One of the most common causes is poor ventilation and excess humidity, but leaky pipes and storm damage can also cause water damage on ceilings.
Do I need to fix the damage on my ceiling?
In some cases, water damage and cracks on ceilings are merely cosmetic. While it may look ugly, these types of damage don’t necessarily need to be fixed except to improve the appearance of the room.
However, in many cases it is highly advisable that you repair your ceiling for the health and safety of everyone who uses the room. Mould growth can pose a health risk, especially for people who are asthmatic. More severe damage may compromise the structural integrity of your ceiling, and should be repaired as soon as possible.
The first step when repairing cracks is to prepare the surface by removing any loose plaster and roughing up the edges of the paintwork. Next, the crack is covered with jointing tape and plaster compound is scraped into the crack.
When the plaster compound is dry, it should be lightly sanded until the wall is smooth before adding another coat. Once you sand and dust the wall again, it is ready to be painted over.
How to fix water damaged ceilings?
The first step when tackling water damage on your ceiling is to identify and remove the source of the water damage. For example, fixing leaking pipes, repairing holes in roof shingles or improving ventilation in humid rooms. If you don’t address the source of the problem, you’ll keep running into the same issue over again.
The ceiling should be dried out before repairs are made. Minor water damages may be repaired by scrubbing the ceiling, removing damaged parts and filling any gaps with plaster. Once smoothed out, the ceiling is ready for painting. If the damage is more advanced, you may need to remove and replace part or all of your ceiling.
Need help repairing your ceiling?
If you’re looking for professional ceiling repair in Perth, Heron Ceilings can help. With extensive experience repairing and restoring ceilings with cracks and water damage, we can help you find the most effective and affordable solution for your needs. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help with all things ceiling repair, Perth wide.