Water damage is an issue with potentially severe consequences especially when it comes to ceiling water damage. There are several things that could cause it, but only one way to resolve it and that is with ceiling water damage repair.
The goal of this article is to explore the topic of the damage that water does to a ceiling, why it’s dangerous and who to call for ceiling water damage
What Makes Water Damage on Ceiling so Dangerous
There are only a couple of rules that water flow follows and they are quite simple. However, due to those rules, there are circumstances which can become quite complicated if enough moisture has seeped through a weight bearing structure.
Much like everything on Earth, water and your ceilings experience a constant pull towards the ground. This is why builders reinforce ceilings with wooden or concrete structures to ensure that they do not come down unexpectedly.
Most San Francisco properties have either gypsum or drywall ceilings which are mounted into place by using cement compounds, glue and screws respectively. All of these ceiling structures are susceptible to water damage whenever the source of the flow is from an upper level of the property, may that be a leaky roof or a pipe bursting in your neighbor’s apartment.
The Risks Involved and Mitigating them
The risks of experiencing ceiling water damage are the lessening of the strength of screws and glue fastenings on drywall ceilings due to excessive moisture in the structure of the drywall itself. Most drywall is not moisture resistant, but rather it’s prone to moisture absorption.
By absorbing moisture, the gypsum in your drywall will expand, breaking the protective paper and loosening its grip on screws. By the power of its own weight and the weight of the water, the chance of your ceiling falling increases, making it one of the biggest hazards the GCDRestoration.com teams has to look out for.
In order to mitigate the risks of ceiling water damage, our teams always use protective gear like helmets and eye protection. There are several things we look for in order to determine whether or not a ceiling is about to fall, and those things are:
Bowing of ceiling drywall;
Moisture dripping from a singular spot;
Existing light fixtures and power cables;
Excessive cracks in the ceiling structure.
It’s always a good idea to turn off any power that is being supplied to the property or that particular room. Even if there are no visible cables, ceiling structures most often than not are infrastructure highways, which pose a great threat to the safety of the property and the people inside of it.
Removal and deconstruction of hazardous overhead structures;
Dehumidification of wooden beams;
Dehumidification of other ceiling structures;
Restoration of drywall or gypsum ceilings.
The most important steps are the removal of the leak and the extraction of all moisture after we deal with any hazardous ceiling spots. One of the best ways to mitigate the damage and to restore your life back to normal is through a professional service like ours, which can aid you at a short time’s notice.