Originally Posted by usaalways
Had a wonderful suprise waiting for me as I came home from work yesterday. Toilet in bathroom above kitchen sprang a leak and resulted in this damage to the kitcen celing below.
Can I just simply spackle and repaint? Or do I really have to get a section of the celing replaced?
Hi, Pictures posted on the "net" can be misleading, so it is not easy to evaluate such a question. Additionally, that "sheetrock" is kind of funny colored underneath the paint.
If the wallboard has sagged and dried with a warp in it, then you will have to cut away the mis-shapened areas and replace them.
1.) You can attempt to re-tape and coat first (easier route)
2.) If the re-retape and coat do not work out, you can then attempt the replacement of the area(s)....
I cannot even number the amount of repairs related to water damage on ceilings that our company has done over the years.
For a repair "attempt": you should make sure that the area is definitely dry
and does not contain any additional moisture or mold damage issues.
Scrape and remove ALL
loose tape and compound. Re-screw any seams (as damp sheetrock may have loosened screw and sheetrock points).
Apply paper tape and multiple coats of compound as you would on normal "new sheetrock". The coats of compound on a repair tend to require wider coverage - to more evenly blend the repaired areas into the surface of the rest of the ceiling.