How do I know if I have a problem in my ceiling?

The signs of damage may appear gradually over an extended period of time, or you may come home one day to find large cracks, holes or even that the ceiling has completely collapsed!

Some of the things associated with water damage to look out for are leaks and dripping water, mildew or mould build up, a sagging or bulging in the plasterboard, paint discolouration or peeling, cracks and holes in the ceiling. If you spot any of these an expert assessment would be recommended.

How do I find the leak in my ceiling?

Did you know that the location of a leak may not always be found directly above the visible water damage in a ceiling? As water travels it can be difficult for the untrained eye to find the root of its cause and therefore it is recommended to have a full inspection by roof plumber determine the cause of the leak.

It is always recommended to make sure that the leaking roof is fixed before any work on the ceiling is commenced!

What are the common causes of leaks in a ceiling?

Many factors can contribute and create a leak in the ceiling. The main causes are;

  • Burst water pipes and faulty plumbing.
  • Blocked gutters and downpipes.
  • Condensation build-up.
  • Cracked roof tiles.
  • Areas on a tin roof where old silicon has broken away
  • Wet areas not adequately waterproofed or failing seals.
  • Leaking appliances such as a washing machine, fridge, or dishwasher.

How much does it cost to fix a ceiling?

There are many factors that come in to consideration when pricing a ceiling fix. Some of these factors include the area requiring replacement, the extent of its damage, materials used, labour time and complexity. Sometimes a portion of a ceiling may be saved, but in some instances the whole ceiling may need replacement. Hi-Spec professionals are able to assess the area and its foundation and provide you with a free quote.

Can you update the look of my old home?

Hi-Spec specialise in small home renovations which includes the demolition and installation of drywalls and plasterboards, home extensions, installation of decorative plasterglass cornices, and even concealment of outdated interior brick walls with a fresh, modern and minimalistic drywall replacement. We make your vision a reality.

What are the causes of mould on ceilings?

If you have a problem with mould on your ceiling, its usual causes are moisture, humidity, condensation, leaking pipes, and water damage. If left unattended this can not only damage your home, but put your family’s health at risk especially if you are pregnant, or if you have allergies or asthma.

Can a sagging ceiling collapse?

Most certainly. Poor construction, old/ deteriorated ceilings and severe water damage can cause a ceiling to collapse. This can lead to other problems such as risk to personal injury, financial stress and damage to your interior belongings, furniture, and housing infrastructure. Signs to look out for would be a sagging ceilings or cracks in the joins or cornices. Homes that are 30+ years old, may have a ceiling made from plasterglass. This outdated building practice, where the ceilings were suspended by straps rather than fixed with screws and glue, may increase the chance of a ceiling collapsing. However, if we attend the sagging ceiling in a reasonable time, this may save you a lot unnecessary expenses.

I have a hole in the wall after replacing a light or air conditioner, can you help?

Most definitely! Hi-Spec can make your ceiling or wall look brand new again. We can patch any area and make it unnoticeable that a hole ever existed.

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