There are few homeowner concerns more troubling than water damage. Whether it’s from a burst pipe or a leaky roof, when water gets into your ceiling it can cause severe damage that’s expensive to repair, and dangerous to leave unchecked. It’s important to understand the risks of water damage as well as how to fix it to get your home back into a healthy state again without breaking the bank.
Know the Causes
One of the best ways to avoid significant water damage is to know what to watch for. The most common causes of water damage are leaks, either as a result of a dripping, burst, or corroded pipe or from a gap in your roof’s shingling. This allows water to get into your ceiling and, if left unchecked, to cause damage.
Know the Risks
Water damage presents risks to your home as well as to your health. Water can cause significant structural damage to your ceiling, walls, and frame. It can also lead to the growth of dangerous mold.
The most important key to dealing with water damage in your ceiling is to identify the problem early before it has time to spread. While a small drip can be a DIY job, if you let it go and spread, the difficulty of repairs grows exponentially. Be on the lookout for indicators of water damage such as discoloration, crumbling, or softening in your ceiling.
Once you’ve identified a potential problem, it’s time to get working on it. The first step is to stop further leaking. If the water is coming from a pipe, find the valve that controls water to that pipe and close it. If the damage is a result of a leak in the roof, get a tarp in place until you can get it repaired. Once you’ve ensured that the damage won’t spread, you can then assess if it’s a job you can handle or if it needs professional attention.
Remove and Replace
For small repair jobs, you can take on the task personally. While the exact steps for replacement can vary based on the size of the damage and the material you are working with, it comes down to two distinct phases. First, you have to remove all of the damaged material. Most commonly this is done by removing an entire section, or by cutting around the damage in a clean shape with straight edges. This makes it easier to fit in the new material when you move on to phase two and replace the removed materials.
Call a Professional
If there has been extensive damage from your drip or leak already, or if the damage extends beyond superficial problems into the frame of the home, it’s time to contact an expert. Attempting to handle a larger job on your own can result in inferior work and potentially cost you more money in the long run. By trusting a pro, you know the job will be done correctly.
If you think you have water damage in your ceiling, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more it can spread and the more expensive the eventual repairs will be. Assess your damage and set your plan into action today.
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