The passage of time, water leaks, and structural defects can all create ceiling problems. If you don’t fix these, the problem will only get worse and more serious. Modern buildings do have better constructions than older ones, but even they can have problems. Generally speaking, ceiling problems should be fixed by professionals like Lloyd Claycomb II rather than as a DIY job. This is because they will be equipped to identify and fix the underlying issue that has caused the damage as well. So what are some of the problems they deal with?
Drywall or Plaster Cracks
Regular wear and tear leads to cracks in plaster and drywall. If the damage is cosmetic, you only have to apply a layer of plaster over the crack. However, if you notice the crack keeps growing, or that there are multiple cracks, you need to call in a professional. Similarly, if your ceiling starts to sag, you need to avoid a DIY job. It is possible that at least part of your ceiling will need to be replaced, which is a precision job.
Mold is ugly to look at and poses a health hazard as well. It is very common for mold to appear in spaces that are warm and damp. If the area is small, you can usually clean it yourself with some bleach and then seal it. However, if the growth is wide-scale, then you have to get a licensed professional in to fix the problem and prevent long-term health issues.
During an inspection, the source of the dampness will have to be detected. Generally, the cause is a leak, which could be found in any part of the house. Another problem is that where there is mold, there is usually also hidden mold. This is a lot more dangerous, because you are breathing in the spores without even realizing it. You wouldn’t detect this with a DIY inspection. Also, remember that mold can be found in wood products, leather, drapes, carpets, upholstery, cardboard, paper, and ductwork. If it is in your drywall, it will usually be in those areas as well.
Peeling paint is something you can usually fix yourself. However, if the paint continues to peel and you are sure that the paint’s quality isn’t to blame and that you have properly prepared the surface, then you may need to phone a professional. Often, it is caused by moisture, which means there is a leak that needs fixing.
If you notice that, in the winter, your ceiling starts to lift, then you have what is known as ‘truss uplift’. This happens when the bottom and top chords of the truss are forced apart by opposing humidity forces. Usually, this is fixed by securing the drywall better to the walls’ top parts, or by using molds. However, this should be done by a professional.
Generally speaking, small jobs around the home can be completed as a DIY project. However, if you’re unsure, or there is reason to believe there is a bigger problem, always phone in the professional instead.