Ceiling Water Damage Restoration – How to Deal with It?

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

When you encounter a situation with ceiling water damage restoration, there are some important things you need to know about. But first understand that you and your family’s safety can be at risk.

Ceiling Water Damage

The damage in the photo is NOT unusual…it just may not look like this in your Kitchen or Family Room…YET!

Clues to Finding Ceiling Water Damage

If the ceiling sheetrock begins to sag in a room in your home somewhere, then it is very likely that you have ceiling water damage. You may not immediately see water or stains from water, but it is likely that lines or cracks may appear first where the different pieces of sheetrock are joined. Anytime the ceilings have begun to sag, that is permanent structural damage to the sheetrock or drywall. It will never be straight again, even if it ever drys out.

Safety First

That drywall will have to be removed, but there’s a more immediate safety concern and depending on the height of your ceiling. It may be that this may require equipment and additional personnel to remove it safely. You should always be aware that drywall may not be the only thing that comes down.

In some cases it may be reasonable to reach up and touch the ceiling water damage or at least get there with a short step ladder. In other instances, there may be a need for a much taller ladder or a scaffolding system set up to reach it. No matter, experienced restoration professionals will probably first reach for hard hats, and sometimes rain gear. Often the amount of water that is on that ceiling and is enough volume that it causes a sag, will cascade all over the room or at least more than the immediate area and the technicians when that drywall is removed.

In addition to the drywall, the water that has soaked into it makes it even that much more dangerous because of the extra weight and many times, there will also be falling wet insulation. All of it combined creates some precarious hazards…especially if you are not expecting it.

It all depends on where the ceiling water damage is located, but it’s another reason that a professional restoration company should probably be involved. Removal of the water damaged drywall from a ceiling may need to be a two, a three, or even a four person job. Because of their experience they will also be able to make intelligent decisions toward mitigating or minimizing the collateral damage as well as the safety of everyone involved.

Experienced Professional Restoration

If you’re experiencing ceiling water damage , we recommend that you contact professionals such as PuroClean Restoration Specialists. We can save almost everything:  drywall, wood, carpets and most contents!  We measure the moisture content of materials, monitor and log progress so we know the actual drying time and ensure restoration to the appropriate dry standard. We offer a comprehensive water removal service, including carpet cleaning and restoration as well as mold and mildew removal.

To learn more about how we can help you visit us online or call us at 469-656-7000!

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