If you’ve got a leak in your ceiling, you need a lot more than just a bucket. Water damage can cause your ceiling and walls to deteriorate or rot and even lead to unhealthy mold proliferation. That’s why it’s important to address water-damaged ceilings as early as possible.

In this post from The Construction Group in Minnesota, we’re covering the steps you need to take when you spy water damage in your home. To connect with a home remodeling contractor about water damage repair services, give us a call today.

1.   Isolate the cause of water damage.

Anytime you spot water damage on your ceilings, you need to find out where it’s coming from as soon as possible and take steps to stop additional water damage from the same source. After all, there’s no point in repairing your water-damaged ceilings if the problem is going to keep coming back. If possible, remove the damaged drywall to look for the source of the water. If you’re not sure what’s causing your water damage, have a roofing contractor check your roof for damage.  

2.   Dry the water-damaged areas.

For this step, you’ll need to remove any furniture in the area and palace a tarp on your floor to protect it. Using protective eye goggles and a face mask, cut out any heavily saturated ceiling sections. You’ll only need to remove the badly damaged areas with water stains, cutting around them. If you need to release water from a bulging section, be sure to place a bucket below first. Use fans to dry the ceiling from your attic and the room below it.

3.   Repair your ceiling.

Your ceiling can be repaired using the same tools you would use to repair any drywall in your home. Replace any missing drywall sections with a new section of drywall that is two inches longer and wider than the missing section. Use your utility knife to cut the drywall down to the correct size as needed. After applying adhesive, apply joint compound. You’ll also use joint compound to fill any smaller holes. After allowing it to dry, smooth out the surface with sandpaper.

4.   Finish your ceiling.

Once you’ve completed the main part of the repair, it’s time to finish your ceiling by priming and then painting it. Before getting started, open your windows to let in plenty of fresh air. Take a sample from the removed ceiling section to your hardware store so it can be paint-matched. Consider repainting the entire ceiling for a more uniform look.

Schedule Your Twin Cities Water Damage Repair Services

To make sure your water damage doesn’t return, it’s a good idea to call in the professional roofing contractors at The Construction Group. We can check your attic and roof, making recommendations where they’re needed. Get your free quote on water damage repair services by contacting The Construction Group at 651-731-5857 or message us online.