It’s been a rainy summer and fall, and with winter already here in parts of Minnesota, more wet weather is on the horizon. This record-setting moisture has caused structural damage to many Twin Cities-area homes. So, if you’re dealing with roof leaks and ceiling water damage, you’re not alone.
Today on the blog, we’ll tell you how to locate and stop a leak, and repair a water-damaged ceiling, with tips courtesy of Family Handyman.
Minimize the Damage
Before taking action against the leak itself, prevent any additional harm. Move furniture, electronics and other valuable items out of the area. Place a tarp and a bucket underneath the leak to catch water and protect the floor. If the ceiling is drywall, localize the damage by making a small hole near the center of the leak. This will allow water to pass through that opening, rather than be absorbed or diverted by the ceiling material
Locate the Leak
Water can travel a significant distance from a leak source. This can make it tough to track down the original location. In addition, there can be many possible causes of a leak, such as heavy rain or snow, a leaking drain or pipe, missing caulk, or others. You may need use a saw to cut a hole in the ceiling to locate the leak. Try laying sheets of toilet paper along ceiling joists and pipes. This will help find moisture and track the path of the leak.
Air it Out
Smaller leaks may dry up on their own. For more significant water damage, you may need to open the ceiling and use a fan to fully dry affected areas.
Repair Water Damage
The extent of the repair will depend on the extent of the damage. Minor leaks may require just a little spackle and paint. A larger leak could necessitate replacing sections of ceiling drywall. However large your repair, Broadway Rental has the tools and equipment you need to get your ceiling fixed quickly and inexpensively.
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