Menu

Repair and Restoration: Make Do and Mend


About Me

Repair and Restoration: Make Do and Mend

Hello, my name is Alfred and this is my new blog. I am kind of new to all this internet business. My grandson taught me how to turn on a computer and to use the keyboard and how to navigate the internet. He recently suggested I start a blog but I refused because I didn't have a subject. My dad had always said to me that you should never start writing anything unless you have a subject. My grandson suggested that I write about my passion for repairing and restoring things. I believe we should make do and mend so I have taught myself how to fix many different types of things. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Latest Posts

Classes of Hazardous Waste Resulting from Demolition of Old Structures
19 November 2020

Buildings that have been in place for decades can

Signs That Your Ceiling Plaster Might Need Replacing
16 September 2020

The stability of the ceiling plaster in your home

How To Design An Efficient Asbestos Management Plan
14 December 2019

Asbestos was used in the past in a wide range of b

Do You Think Your Building Has Asbestos? Don't Panic—Call The Professionals
23 September 2019

Asbestos is one of the most dangerous things you c

Two tips for repairing a house that has been damaged by damp
13 November 2018

If you'll be involved in the restoration of a hous

Archive

Signs That Your Ceiling Plaster Might Need Replacing

The stability of the ceiling plaster in your home is crucial, as it could cause injury and extensive damage if it collapses entirely. Thus, look out for the following signs that it may be in trouble and need to be replaced.

Cracks

The ceiling plaster is not particularly flexible. Thus, if your house shifts slightly due to an earth tremor or else due to the settling of the earth underneath, the ceiling can crack. Fissures can appear along the joins between the walls and ceiling, or in the plasterboard itself. While smaller hairline fractures can be fixed, extensive rifts might necessitate a ceiling replacement. At the same time, an expert can check that your home's foundations remain sound.

Stains

Another sign to look out for are stains on the ceiling, which typically indicate that moisture is seeping into the plaster. You shouldn't ignore this as not only can mould develop and infect the air with spores, but if the moisture invasion continues, it can weaken and decay the plaster, causing it to fall away from the overhead beams it connects with, in such as case you'd notice that it bows and sags in places.

The stains might start a brownish colour, and become yellow with age. Of course, you'll need to deal with the source of the moisture to prevent it from reoccurring. It could be a plumbing issue, or the roof cladding might have a hole that allows rainwater to flow inside. While plaster can be dried out, once decayed, you might have to replace the plasterboard.

Drooping

Water is not the only cause of drooping ceiling plaster — other culprits are incorrect initial installation, and pressure being put on the plasterboard by weighty objects in the roof cavity. The ceiling plasterboard sheets are attached to a framework of beams above. If this is not done correctly, using the right adhesives, fasteners, nails or screws, the plasterboard can fall away, and you'll notice it hanging unevenly.

Another possible cause is storing items in the roof cavity of a home without building in the necessary extra support. The ceiling is only designed to hold its own weight plus relatively lightweight objects such as light fittings. Sometimes damage to a ceiling might accidentally occur if people inadvertently put weight on the plaster when they're installing air conditioning units or other elements. Signs of spontaneous ceiling collapse include sagging and drooping. Thus, you contact an expert to see if you require a plaster ceiling replacement.

For more information on plaster ceiling replacement, reach out to a local plaster contractor.