(Closed) Calling Renovator/DIY-er Bees!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hmm, I wish I could give you a definite answer but I’m no pro. We have somehting like this in the house we just bought. We put a new roof on and flashing etc and we had popcorn ceilings, so I scrapped all that down and we’re going to put textured ceiling instead. So after popcorn is removed, we’re spackling, sanding and then refinishing with a textured look. How big is the area that you need to repair? Can you give it the same look as the rest of the ceiling? If the leak isn’t that old you may want to put a dehumidifier in the room. Watch the area for any mold growth, if there is any I would spray it with bleach and water, if you catch it early on you can just use a q-tip. It’s hard to say for sure but hope that helps a little 🙂

Post # 5
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You should replace the drywall. It’s not overly difficult to do. The reasons I say this are:

1. Mold growth will be REALLY BAD by the time you see it on the drywall. The inner cavity of the wall is likely where the mold will grow. When you take down the drywall you can spray the inner wall with a solution from the hardware store that will prevent mold from growing. If there is mold, you need to wear a respirator, sand it all off, toss everything and then spray with a special mold solution.

2. The drywall has been compromised. Even if it is dry now, it is not as strong as it once was and the seams are weak. As a result, over time the drywall might fall apart, seams will break, etc.

It’s not horrible to do (I’m currently helping my Future Mother-In-Law redo a kitchen and we redid all the drywall). Basically you need to get a straight line and exacto knife and cut out a rectangle/square area where the water was. Clean out the cavity and cut a new piece of drywall to size. Put in drywall screws to hold it up. Tape the seams with drywall tape, putty, dry, sand, putty, dry, sand and you are ready to paint! If you are already redoing the ceiling you won’t notice it at all. If you are anxious you can hire someone. It is likely a 6 hour job spread over three days (all that drying!) and won’t cost too much.

Also, there is a chance the water leaked down the wall. Did you check to see?

Post # 7
8146 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

i would cut out the piece that you want to replace (just make sure you leave a spot to secure the new piece to!) . it will give you piece of mind with mold and make it feel fresh 🙂 no wrinkly paint when it gets hot or cold.  🙂

Post # 9
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If it is the entire seam then there is a really good chance that there was water pooling all over the drywall in several places… not great. You will likely want to cut out the entire area with the seam plus a few feet. Honestly though, you might want to call an expert for a recommendation of how much to replace. All I can think is that if the water degraded the seam, it likely was pooled across your entire ceiling in that room. Again, not an impossible job (and I say this like an expert because I just redid the ceiling in a kitchen like PRO!), but at the same time, it is a long and boring job.

Next time if you ever have a leak (and I hope you don’t), it would be best to take out the drywall that is bubbled right away to let the water out. If you don’t let the water out it will eat away the drywall from INSIDE your walls/ceiling. I guess that’s why I’m wondering if you might have to replace a significant amount. Depending on how long the water was there, how much water was there… the water damage is likely much worse than what you can see. I would assume that you would have to replace at least 4ft on either side of the seam you are talking about, but, again, an expert would tell you more.

Post # 10
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just looked at the picture too… I know it’s not your place, but what is happening in the picture is the drywall compound that is holding the tape up has “melted” with the water. It’s a lot like real plaster where if it gets wet it just turns to a soup. Anyways, if the seam is falling down like that, again, you might want an expert to look and assess how much needs to be replaced.

Post # 11
15 posts

I may be a little late in this, but it seems like takemyhand has given you some solid advice.  I work in architecture, and if you want to do this yourself, a moisture meter would be a really handy investment and it will most likely be cheaper than a consultation with a professional.   

The meter has little pins that detect any moisture and provide a reading on the screen. You have to start with a non-damaged portion of your ceiling to determine the “baseline” the work your way into or out of the damage areas creating a reading. This will tell you the extent of the damage and how much to patch. 

There are details in the link below:


Wear masks and call a pro if you run into black mold.  Otherwise it should totally be diy.

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