After a certain period of time, your home needs fresh, new paint to renew and enliven the space. If there is any new occasion or event that is taking place, then you need to give your home a new look through paint.
Paint emergency is the only way to revamp your old home look to a new exclusive look. But what if there is water damage on your ceiling, walls, and floor?
There are two major causes of water damage repair:
- Roof Leaks
- Plumbing Leaks
Water damage is water damage, but the first point before embarking on water damage repair is to make sure that the source of the problem has been repaired properly.
In the case of the entire water damage problem, ceilings are the most damaged because they lend themselves well to internal pooling.
When you see the ceiling with water strain, the visible stain is just a portion of the actual amount of water damage.
What happens when a drywall gets wet?
In-ceiling, water damage causes the following:
- Water stains
- Joint failure
- Paper veneer lift from the gypsum
- Breaking and disintegration of the gypsum itself
- Mildew or mold development inside the ceiling
Drywall is gypsum covered in a paper face and thick coating. The common name of drywall is sheetrock. Gypsum is a very soft rock when it gets wet and it becomes spongy and quickly settles. Water always finds its way to drywall from the topside, up inside the ceiling where water can be stored for a considerable amount of time before becoming visible on the visible painted paper face of the ceiling. And water stored in an enclosed space for a lengthy period is not a good thing for your ceiling.
When water enters the ceiling, it has ample capacity to get the screws and the tape joints, and this is the easiest route to being detected. Water will enter the screw holes from the top side which loosen the connection of the drywall and rust the screws. It looks like screw pops.
It also enters to the joints and weakens their connection. When water gets dried out, it leaves air pockets everywhere. If you apply paint over that surface, then the situation will become worse because it needs repair.
Making the Process Simple
The process of using paint emergency to repair water damage surface include:
Making the space vacant and remove all air pockets and stains from the ceilings.
Remove damaged surfaces of your ceilings.
After drying out, ceilings use joint compound and tape to recreate the joints.
Use mesh fiberglass style tape for repair work because it beds in mud easily and blends well.
Make sure all the gypsum and debris are tight so that small particles aren’t pulled into the new mud. Use 6-inch mud knife and skim a layer of mud into the damaged area to bed tape. If your tape is in the mud, brush your mud knife over the tape in a smooth way so that it will set completely.
Do all the bedding at the same time for efficiency as per professional mud manufacturer advice.
After drying out the bedding,start skimming as softly as possible to reduce the extent of sanding that is needed between coats and mud.
Once skimming process is done, apply primer on all the mudded areas. It helps seal the mud and reduces the risk of flashing.
Finally, start the painting activity on that particular area with the color that is most suitable for that room.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage and water damage restoration services. provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.