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How to Fix a Water Damaged Ceiling

Ceiling water damage can result from either a leaking roof, or a home flood overhead. One of the most common causes of ceiling water damage is actually a burst pipe, drain backup, or overflowing toilet on the floor above. This is something we commonly see in 2-story houses and apartment buildings. When an issue occurs overhead, ceiling water damage can result below. So, what do you do?

First, and foremost, stop the water! This may mean turning off the water entirely, shutting off a particular zone, or simply turning the water source off to a toilet that has failed. Once the incoming water has been stopped, dry up the area by removing any standing water and drying out the area with industrial fans. This is one area where a water restoration company can make a huge difference, because they can remove the water much faster (and more effectively!) than a homeowner can do so themselves, especially if the water damage spans more than one room. The result is a reduced likelihood of mold and mildew growth in your ceilings, which helps to avoid the major cost of mold remediation at a later date.

Because drywall tends to hold onto water like a sponge, a water damaged ceiling may need to be replaced. If you need to remove your ceiling drywall, do so carefully to avoid injury or further home damage. Bringing in a water damage company is a great way to tackle this task because they can remove the damaged ceiling materials and also get a new ceiling installed that matches the rest of your home so no one will ever have to know that you replaced it.

If you do need home mold removal in conjunction with your water damaged ceiling, a mold remediation company will seal off the affected area before removing the mold to ensure that mold spores do not spread throughout your home. This will keep your family safe and limit the costs of home mold removal. They will use specialized tools to suck mold spores out of the air while the cleanup is performed and ensure all clean up staff is personally protected as well. As a result, your home and the people working on it will all be protected with the highest standards available. 

Additional resources:
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