Two-story houses are preferred by many because they offer more room for your family. However, they come with their own set of issues. One main problem with two story homes is the chance of water leaking into your ceiling. Your washer, toilets, or sinks could leak, and the water can become trapped into the ceiling. If this has happened to you, you need to know how to get the water out of your ceiling while doing minimal damage to your drywall.
Let Out the Water
The first thing you need to do is find the spot in the ceiling that filled with water. Once the water from your leak pours into the ceiling, it only takes a few minutes for the water to show. You will notice the ceiling beginning to sag under the weight of the water. Next, water spots will show up as the water soaks into the drywall.
Pick a spot in the center of the of the waterlogged area to drill a hole in the ceiling with a hand drill. Use a ½ inch drill bit if you have one so the water can pour out quickly. Put the largest bucket you have under the spot first, and have another bucket or bowl on hand so you can switch them quickly when it fills. Putting the bucket or bowl on a chair or table will keep splashing to a minimum. If you don’t have a drill, you can wait until a drip begins. The ceiling will be soft enough so you can simply use a screwdriver or a knife to tear a hole for the water to pour out of.
Dry the Ceiling
The next thing you need to do is dry out the ceiling. You are at risk for growing mold anywhere water damage occurs, and you need to minimize this risk immediately to keep your home running at its best. Once the water has finished draining from your ceiling, you need to cut out the pieces of drywall that have water spots on them. If you only have a small water spot, you should cut a larger area around it, at least 1 foot by 1 foot.
Once the ceiling is exposed, use a rag to dry as much of the water off the support boards as possible. Next, get a fan that you can easily angle up into your ceiling. Let the fan blow into your ceiling until all of the water has dried out. Once the water has dried, spray a coating of a bleach solution into your ceiling to stop mold spores from growing. Let the fan run for another hour with the windows open to keep your exposure to a minimum.
Repair the Ceiling
You need to repair the drywall where you cut the ceiling. If this isn’t something you’ve done on your own, get at least one other person to help you. You need one person to hang the drywall and another to secure it. To repair the drywall on the ceiling, you need:
1 sheet of drywall per 8 feet of damage
If the hole in your ceiling doesn’t expose support beams, but the ceiling so there is a support beam on the edge of each side. Cut the sheet of drywall so it is exactly the size you need to fill the hole in your ceiling. One person needs to lift the drywall panel and fit it like a puzzle into the exposed area. The second person needs to insert drywall screws every six inches along the edges of the new drywall piece.
Once the drywall panel is secure, all you need to do is prime and paint it. Once it is painted, you might want to add an additional coating to your entire ceiling to make sure it all looks the same.
Getting water in your ceiling can be frightening and stressful. Luckily, it’s a fairly easy fix. Drain the water, dry the area, and fix the drywall to make your ceiling look like new, and minimize future damage.