Water damage is a nuisance that can really leave your home looking worn and unattractive. Luckily it is easy enough to fix water damage with a few basic supplies that are readily available at your local hardware store.
Ceilings are one of the most common areas that are affected by water damage. Before you can begin repairing the water damage it is essential to fix whatever caused the problem. This will likely mean that you need to have some type of repair done on your roof.
As a roof begins to age the shingles that line it can crack, warp, and wear out. It is possible that shingles can even become dislodged leaving the interior of your home vulnerable to the elements. Flashing around vents and chimneys can also allow water to leak inside of your home if they are not properly maintained over time. If you suspect that any of these issues may be responsible for your water damage contact a roofing specialist to repair the problem areas.
Once the problem has been resolved, you can begin to fix water damaged areas in your home. It is important to allow drywall that has been damaged plenty of time to dry out first. With the help of a putty knife's sharp edge, carefully remove all of the damaged drywall. Don't be too aggressive with the putty knife as you don't want to remove more drywall than necessary.
If you are fixing water damage that is relatively small, this process will be much easier. Once the damaged drywall has been removed you can fill the hole with drywall putty. Follow the instructions on the product and allow ample time for drying. Finish the repair by sanding the area smooth. Before you paint over the puttied area make sure to apply a good quality primer first!
If you have a larger hole that needs to be repaired you will need to purchase a drywall repair kit. A drywall repair kit typically includes a thin piece of metal sheeting and mesh tape. All you need to do is cut the metal sheeting to a size that will fit comfortably inside of the hole where the water damage once was. Use the mesh tape to hold the metal sheeting in place.
In order to finish your water damage repair you will need to apply a thin coat of joint compound over top of the mesh tape. Once the joint compound has dried completely use a piece of sand paper to smooth out the area. It may be necessary to apply a second coat of joint compound. If you choose to perform this step make sure to feather out the second layer a few inches away from the first layer.
Tip: It is important to keep the area you are repairing as flat as possible so you don't end up with a bulge on your ceiling. Feathering each additional layer will help your repair blend in.