Ceiling damage isn’t just unattractive and annoying, but it can lead to bigger problems down the line if it isn’t fixed. So it’s better to deal with it sooner rather than later.
But how long does it take to replace a ceiling? That’s what we’ll be discussing in our article today. We’ll also talk about how to spot different types of damage and how you can fix them.
Repairs to your ceiling usually take between 1 and 3 hours to fix, while replacing a drywall ceiling normally takes between 1 and 3 days.
You may need to replace your ceiling if there is serious damage due to bulging seams, large holes, or leaks.
The Common Types Of Ceiling Damage
This is one of the most common types of ceiling damage. Issues with the drywall, moisture damage, poor ceiling installation, or structural or subsidence issues, may cause cracks in your ceiling.
If you notice minor cracks in your ceiling, then this isn’t something to worry about. You just need to make sure you monitor these cracks to see if they get wider or longer.
But if you’re in doubt, contact an expert to take a look at the cracks and ask for their professional opinion on what might be causing the cracks and how you can fix them.
Water stains – surprise, surprise – are due to some kind of leakage. It may be a burst pipe that is to blame, poor plumbing, or some kind of damage to the roof. But no matter what the cause is, you need to get the issue fixed ASAP.
Ask a plumber to take a look at the water stains and identify the underlying issue.
If you’ve spotted condensation on your ceiling, it’s important to identify the cause and fix it as soon as possible. Condensation can lead to other types of ceiling damage such as water stains, holes, and cracks.
Condensation is often caused by poor insulation and/or ventilation in your home.
A sagging ceiling is one of the most striking and worrying types of ceiling damage. This is due to a build-up of moisture which causes parts of the ceiling to hang lower than the rest.
A sagging ceiling is normally caused by an untreated, underlying issue, but it can also be due to a sudden, extreme issue like a major pipe bursting and leaking into the ceiling.
A sagging ceiling is extremely dangerous, as the ceiling could collapse and pose a risk to your family and further damage your home. It’s crucial to seek professional help straight away to resolve the issue.
How To Deal With Ceiling Damage
As with most issues, the key to reducing the harm that ceiling damage can cause is to act quickly and resolve the issue as soon as possible.
If you can identify the problem and resolve it yourself, then that’s great. But if you need some help, contact a builder or a plumber (depending on the type of damage) who can resolve the issue.
Focus On Immediate Risks
If you’re dealing with extreme ceiling damage that poses a danger to your home and your family, then you need to act fast to reduce those risks.
This could be placing a bucket under a leak, putting up a waterproof tarp, or sealing off the affected room. In very extreme cases, you may even have to move out of your property for a little while until the issue is resolved.
Dry Out Water Damage
If you can find and resolve the culprit of water damage, then the next step is to dry out the ceiling. Small leaks or minor water damage may dry out by themselves.
However, more serious water damage may need a dehumidifier, a fan, or other drying equipment to dry out the ceiling completely.
Repair And Redecorate
Once you’ve identified and resolved the issue, you can then repair – or replace – the ceiling and redecorate. If you’re into DIY, you may want to try repairing and redecorating your ceiling yourself.
But if you don’t feel confident repairing and redecorating your ceiling, then hire a professional painter and decorator to do it for you.
How To Fix Cracks In The Ceiling
Before you fix any cracks, you need to know the cause of the cracks. If a structural problem is to blame, you will need to hire a surveyor to solve the problem.
They will review the structural integrity of your house and locate the source of the problem.
If water damage or leaks are causing cracks in the ceiling, then resolve the leaks first.
Once you have resolved the underlying issue causing the cracks, then you need to focus on the cracks themselves and fix them.
Reposition or remove any heavy or excess loads in your loft or upper floors. Also, ask a structural engineer to reinforce weak ceiling and wall joists.
Check the cracks in your ceiling to see if any loose plaster comes off. If there is damage to a small area of the ceiling, you can use ‘patch repair’ plasters to fix the problem, or you may need to replace sections of plasterboard.
If there are serious cracks in the ceiling, then you may need to remove and replace the whole ceiling.
How To Fix A Hole In The Ceiling
Check for pipes or wires in the ceiling to make sure you don’t damage them when fixing a hole in your ceiling.
Cut the ceiling back to the closest joist and ensure it’s cut in a square so you can install a new piece of plasterboard.
Then, install a new piece of plasterboard, ensuring you’ve covered the hole you’ve covered. Skim over the plasterboard to create an even, smooth surface.
Finally, paint the whole ceiling to make sure the result is as even as possible. This will also make the patch on the ceiling less noticeable.
We hope our article has given you a better idea of how to spot damage in your ceiling, and when you should replace your ceiling.