Step 40 - Drywall Ceiling Damage

Mixing Joint Compound

How to Repair Drywall Ceiling Water Damage

The ceiling is as important as the roof of a home. It conceals the underside of the roof and some of the electrical wiring and piping. It also provides household insulation. It serves a lot of purpose so it is not exempt from normal wear and tear over the years. Since one of its components is paper, it gets damaged easily by water. It is very beneficial that you know a how to repair drywall ceiling water damage. If you encounter a damaged drywall ceiling in your home, you have to man up and be ready to fix it because procrastinating would yield consequences.

One of the main causes of a damaged drywall ceiling is a leaking plumbing fixture. The drywall becomes discoloured and stained. It could also lead to a cesspool of mold and mildew, so it is advisable that you fix it right away.

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How to Repair Drywall Ceiling Water Damage

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How to Repair a Sagging Drywall Ceiling


Before you climb up and become excited to take the filthy drywall off your ceiling, you must be ready with your necessary tools. These tools consist of a pencil, measuring instruments, a utility knife, a power drill, a drywall saw, screws, drywall compound and tape, and a piece of drywall large enough to cover the old one.

You need to clear the area where you will be working. Take into consideration the type of room where you will be working because there are specific types of drywalls for different rooms in your home. Before you erect your ladder directly below the damaged drywall, make sure you protect your floor with a tarp.

A damaged drywall should be replaced, so it needs to but cut out. Mark the rotten drywall with a pencil by drawing a line around to contain it. Then decide what shape your drywall replacement should be. A square or rectangle is recommended because it would look neater. Look for the nearest floor joist around the damaged drywall and mark it with a pencil. You need to mark at least four points around damaged drywall to create a four-sided shape with at least 4 inches from the rot on every side.

Now, it's time to cut out and replace the damaged drywall ceiling. Use your utility knife to cut off the damaged drywall by running it along several times on the lines you have marked with your pencil around the damaged drywall until you can remove it. You have to use a power drill to remove some screws off the damaged drywall. Cut your replacement drywall to the exact size and shape of the damaged drywall you cut out from the ceiling. The floor joists should be visible after you removed the damaged drywall. This is where you fasten your new drywall using screws. Make sure you resolve the main cause of the damaged drywall before you replace it.

It would look better if your drywall repair is completely finished after the repair. Use a drywall compound and tape to finish it. You should use three coats of joint compound. Once that is complete, you can paint it to blend it with the ceiling. After you have replaced everything in an orderly fashion, your repair job is complete.

This is an easy how to repair drywall ceiling water damage guideline and it should not take more than half of your day to finish it. It does not require full knowledge to make simple repairs around the house as long as you have the right tools and determination to make your home comfortable and presentable.


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