How to Deal with Water Problems on Ceiling and Remove Stains

Over a certain period of time, the ceiling of your home or workplace starts developing maintenance issues, especially water problems. This usually happens post winter, as a result of thick layer of snow build-up on the roof. There could be several other reasons behind the problem. Fortunately, you can try some DIY technique or call a ceiling fixer in Karrinyup to help you out in the situation. Why not try some easy steps to repair the damaged ceiling on your own? But before discussing that, it is essential to what could be the possible associated reasons for the condition.

Some common water problems

  • Leaking Pipes

A leaking or burst pipe is the most common reason behind a damaged ceiling. There could be a leaking pipe due to conditions such as metal fatigue, freezing, worn out washer, a loose connection, nut, connection or any other issue. The situation might worsen and then require the part of the ceiling to be removed in order to find the damage source. In most cases, it is advised to remove the art of the ceiling regardless of the level of damage to avoid having a waterfall in your house.

  • Ice Dams

Ice dams tend to build up along the edge of the roofs and gutters that forces water to spread above and underneath the eaves. On melting, these dams result in water leakage through the damage in the roof (if any), made by the same ice dam. Wild temperature fluctuations rising above and below the freezing points pose a threat to your roofs in winter.

  • Roof damage

Roof damage like worn flashing around vents and chimneys, damaged or blocked gutters and missing shingles could result in outside water leaking inside. Based on the affected area, the water may take quite a long time to reach the ceiling plaster, soaking through the layers of insulation absorbents. It would not just cause a high level damage to the plaster, roof and ceiling, but give way to molds as well. Better keep doing roof inspections regularly.

  • Poorly caulked bathrooms

It is not always the problem of leaking pipes or a damaged roof condition that can cause water problems for the ceiling. Areas in your bathroom could possibly leak and show up on the floor it below in your home.

Keep a check around the shower, bathtub and sink for any indications of water damage such as:

  • Sag
  • Peeling paint
  • Spreading discoloration

You can fix the problem by removing the caulk and adding on a good tight seal.

Let us move forward to repairing water stains or molds on your walls or ceilings. Follow this step-wise guide and help yourself!

First of all, ensure the areas to be treated are well-ventilated. Have you gloves, mask and eye protection glasses handy. Experienced ceiling fixers in Karrinyup suggest not mixing bleach with any cleaning agents as it would release toxic fumes.

#Step 1: Get to the source

Whenever you deal with a water stain, start from detecting the root of the problem. For this, you will need to find the entry points from where water flowed inside and repair the area before any damage occurs.  As soon as you fix the water stain issue, let the area dry completely.

#Step 2: Mold Treatment

When the affected area dries out completely, the next thing is to treat it for mold. You might not know but microscopic mold spores can come to sight within 24 hours of the leak.  

You will come across various methods to kill mold, but the most effective and popular treatment is using a diluted bleach solution on the area. This would act positively in situations when mold germinates on non-porous materials such as bathtubs, tiles, counter tops and glass.

As bleach fails to penetrate through porous materials, It couldn’t connect with the growing mold below the surface of materials like wood and drywall. The bleach would only kill mould on the upper surface, leaning the mold underneath intact which would soon return.

Since most ceilings are designed using porous materials, it is suitable to use a beneficial product like Concrobium Mold Control which could work well in the situation. Without the use of harsh chemicals on the mold spores, you can kill them using this product with its patented formula that coats the spores and seals them to starve. Its additional benefit is offering a protective layer of coating on the surface, keeping the mold away for longer.   

#Step 3: Use primer over the water stain

Once the problem of mold is eliminated, it is time to get back the natural appearance of the ceiling. You will need a primer and paint.

When there are small leaks which do not need drywall repair, you can go with using a solvent-based primer on the treated area. This is because a water-based primer won’t keep the water stain hidden as it permeates through such products. You can either use a oil-based solvent primer or shellac-based solvent primer.

#Step 4: Time for the finishing coat

Once the surface is primed, use a high quality latex paint to give a even finishing touch. You will have a ceiling with no water stains, attractive and fresh look to brighten your room.

Wrapped in a nutshell

Ignoring a water stain is not an intelligent thing to do. If you ever notice a water stain on your walls or ceiling, get the tools straight away and start the job. You can also seek help from professional experts from Pro Ceilings and Walls.