As ceiling repair experts, we have seen many different ceiling problems over the years. But there’s one story we share as often as we can about a client who didn’t think ceiling maintenance was truly necessary. In fact, they never really looked up at their ceiling. That is until it began to crumble down onto the floor. And even then they didn’t bat an eye until a family member suggested they might be facing some costly ceiling repairs.
By this point, there was so much water damage in the ceiling that it was creeping down the walls and into the floor. Of course, we couldn’t know the extent of the damage until we did a complete inspection. Thankfully, the client gave us a call before the entire ceiling collapsed.
What the client thought was not that bad ended up being severe water damage throughout her entire home.
We discovered all these issues during a complete inspection that had us pulling back insulation, peering down the inside of walls and even poking at the ceiling materials. We didn’t leave one inch of the home uninspected, because we didn’t want to miss anything. If we skipped any part of her home, we may have missed where a leak was entering. Or we could have missed some major damage that didn’t look as bad from down below.
Many people do not understand why we are always so thorough with our inspections, but once we point out all the different issues we discover, they understand that we have their best interest in mind. This is what happened in this situation and our client was so happy we took the time to find the root of the ceiling problem.
Now, by ignoring the ceiling and not doing basic maintenance and inspections regularly, this client ended up with serious ceiling issues that were costly to repair. We really dislike giving our clients bad news like this, which is why we share this story with as many people as we can. We believe that if we can share the worst-case scenarios, we can prevent them from happening in many homes.
The good news is we were able to repair the ceiling before it collapsed but it was costly and time-consuming. The moral of the story: don’t ignore ceiling maintenance.
Tips for maintaining your ceiling
- Regularly inspect your ceiling
One of the best tips we can give you for maintaining your ceiling is to look at it on a regular basis. This will help you to notice cracks, holes and even stains as soon as possible. And noticing damage sooner means you can repair it before it becomes a major problem.
- Clean your ceiling
Another way to spot all those things that shouldn’t be happening on your ceiling is to clean it. You can easily remove cobwebs and dust with an attachment on your vacuum cleaner or a duster with a long handle. If you notice marks and are not sure if they are dirt or water stains, you can try to remove them with a gentle cleaning solution. We do recommend doing a spot test with the cleaner you are using just in case the cleaner leaves a mark of its own.
- Pay close attention to ceiling features
If you happen to have ceilings with decorative features, you should consider yourself lucky. However, you should also be prepared to pay close attention to those features when inspecting your ceilings. Features like cornices and rose work will become quite frail over time and they are often the first things to chip and break when things start to go wrong with a ceiling.
Oftentimes, you can easily discover ceiling damage by simply looking at these features. If you notice the damage early enough, you can avoid paying a small fortune for ceiling and feature repairs.
- Look for mould
Indoor mould and mildew can grow quickly when water damage is present. However, it may not always be visible. If the mould does not show on the parts of the ceiling you can see, you may not even know it’s there. By the time the mould is in an area where you can see it, you will likely have other water damage issues to deal with as well.
When dealing with mould, you can try DIY mould removal if you only see a few spots on your ceiling. Simply mix bleach and water, spray onto the mold spots and wipe them away with a cloth. You must make sure you are in a well-ventilated area when you are doing this, because the fumes from the bleach can cause their own problems. We like recommending opening a window or two, especially when making the bleach and water solution.
There are also mould removal products available at local home improvement stores, so you can always purchase one of them to use.
Be aware of the warning signs
There are quite a few warning signs that you can look for as you are maintaining your ceiling. Many of these warning signs will let you know that major problems are starting. A few things we are always telling our clients to look for are cracks, bubbling and sagging ceilings. It is also not a good thing if you are hearing your ceiling making cracking sounds.
If you notice any of these signs, you should call a ceiling professional in for an inspection. This is the best way to save a lot of money on repairs and avoid those more costly issues.
If you haven’t had your ceiling inspected recently, or you have noticed a few of the warning signs, you should call in the ceiling repair professionals. As ceiling repair experts, we will do a thorough inspection and let you know exactly what is wrong with your ceiling and what needs to be done to fix it.
While we can’t make any promises, we can say that in our experience, when people call us sooner rather than later, the cost of repairs is much less than it could be.
Vinnie has over 20 years of experience in all things roof, ceiling & insulation related. Being the leading roof repairs expert in Perth, via Roof Repairs Perth WA, Vinnie has also launched RCI Perth as an expansion project to provide a one-stop-shop to cater for all roofing, ceiling & insulation needs.