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Home Improvement FAQs: Can I Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling?

 Water Damaged CeilingYou come home one rainy day to find the ceiling in your dining room has started to droop. The culprit: water damage. What do you do? Well, that depends on the extent of the damage.

Can I Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling?

  1. Fix the Source of the Water Damage: There is no point in fixing a water damaged ceiling if you do not first fix the source of the damage, most likely a leaky roof or pipe. To fix the underlying issue, you may need to call in a professional plumber or roofer.
  2. Measure Twice: Remember the old adage, “measure twice, cut once.” Those are important words to live by. Measure the length and width of the damaged drywall. Then use a straight edge to outline a square around the damaged portion.
  3. Safety First: Before doing any cutting, be sure to put on proper eyewear and a dust mask.
  4. Remove the Damaged Portion: Using a drywall knife, remove the damaged portion of the ceiling, cutting along the lines you drew in step 2. You may need to remove more drywall if the damaged section does not line up with the wooden rafters. You will need these to attach the new drywall.
  5. Measure Again: If you did not have to remove any additional drywall, use the dimensions of the portion you removed to cut out a piece of fresh drywall. If you had to remove more of the ceiling, measure the new hole and use these dimensions. Remember: measure twice, cut once.
  6. Attach the Drywall: You will need a ladder, drill (screwdriver bit), drywall screws, and the new section of drywall. Place the drywall in the hole (make sure it fits snuggly), hold it in place with one hand and, with your other hand, insert a screw into each corner. This is much easier with two people, but can be done with one.
  7. Drywall Tape: Cut a piece of drywall tape to cover each seam of the drywall patch.
  8. Drywall Compound: Use a drywall knife to spread compound over the tape. Allow this to dry overnight. Repeat the following day.
  9. Sanding: When the compound is dry, sand it flat with drywall sandpaper.
  10. Paint: Now you can paint your new patch to match the rest of your ceiling!

We hope you have found these home improvement tips helpful. Continue to check back for new tips each and every week.

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