How to Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling

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How to Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling

A broken pipe or leaking roof is more than an inconvenience. Standing water can rot and damage a ceiling, encourage mould growth, or leave an unsightly stain on the ceiling. Additionally, water intrusion can cause a textured ceiling to flake. Fortunately, well-informed homeowners who enjoy do-it-yourself projects can repair a ceiling quickly and easily with a few tools and materials. Purchasing the necessary tools and materials from a local hardware or building store, or online at eBay, is easy once homeowners learn how to make the repair and what specific items to use. In fact, consumer can find many great deals on Tools and materials to help them repair a water damaged ceiling.

Remove Damaged Ceiling Areas

Begin by removing any areas of wet drywall or ceiling plaster. In some cases with light damage, owners only need to make a few repairs; however, owners should inspect the area thoroughly. For safety, owners should immediately remove any mould or mildew as well, using a mixture of bleach and water applied to the area. If owners see any spots of bulging drywall, which can be an indicator of pooling water in the ceiling, they should remove it before attempting any repairs by piercing the drywall with a screwdriver and allowing the water to drain in a bucket. Place portable fans above the ceiling and in the room below to dry the area.

How to Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling

After finding and fixing the source of the damage, treating and removing any mould and mildew, and ensuring the area is completely dry owners can repair the damage. While the steps vary depending on the amount of water damage, owners can follow some basic steps.

Ceiling Repair Tools and Materials

Although owners may not need some of the materials and tools for their particular repairs, it is a good idea to have them just in case.

Materials and Tools


Putty knife

To scrape loose, flaking areas


Catch draining water

Joint compound

To cover sheetrock, drywall, drywall screws, and drywall tape


To sand damaged areas

Stain-blocking primer

To prime the area for painting


To paint the damaged area

Spray ceiling texture

To replace texture on the ceiling

Cleaning and repairing a water damaged ceiling is a dirty job. Because of this, owners should wear old clothes while making the repairs to prevent possible damage to favourite outfits.

How to Repair Minor Damage

For minor damage, homeowners can simply sand the damage out with a sander and some sandpaper. They can also just cut out the damaged area and then apply drywall compound to fill in the holes and cracks. If there is no drywall damage, owners can paint the damaged area with astain-blocking primer and a coat of paint to cover any stains.

How to Repair Major Damage

For major damage, owners may need to replace the insulation behind the drywall and replace or reinforce any soft wood. To replace the drywall, remove the damaged drywall by cutting around the damaged area. Hang new drywall, using drywall screws or sheet rock nails to hold it in place. Apply a layer of joint compound to cover the screws or nails as well as the joints. Apply some drywall tape over the joint compound and then put another layer of compound over the tape. Use a drywall knife or putty knife to smooth the mud. Sand the mud until it is completely smooth. Finally, texturise, prime, and paint the ceiling.

How to Repair a Textured Ceiling

To repair a textured ceiling, owners should lay down a tarp and scrape off any loose, flaking texture with a putty knife. Next, spray some stain-blocking primer over the affected area and allow it to dry completely. Holding a can of ceiling texture approximately 30 cm away from the ceiling, spray in short quick bursts while moving the can over the damaged area. Allow the texture at least 24 hours to dry before painting.

How to Buy Materials to Repair a Water Damaged Ceiling on eBay

Buying tools and materials to repair a water damaged ceiling on eBay is convenient and easy. Simply type some relevant keywords into the Search bar located on any eBay page. For example, to find drywall putty, type " drywall putty" into the box. Once the results display, you can further refine your search by criteria such as brand, condition, price, format, and location.

If you notice mildew, spots, brown stains, or a dripping or bulging ceiling, it is likely that you have water damage. It is important to repair this type of damage as quickly as possible. Fortunately, homeowners can repair a water damaged ceiling quite quickly and easily.

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