How To Tell If You Need Plaster Ceiling Repair

November 1, 2021 home improvement

It is inevitable that plaster ceilings will need to be repaired at some point. There is a range of factors that can cause chips and cracks plus they can become degraded over time, especially if they are exposed to excess moisture, which will require plaster ceiling repair.

If it is not repaired right away, a plaster ceiling can crack and crumble. Furthermore, water leaking in from damage to the roof might ruin the wood panelling beneath the plaster ceiling.

Cracked ceilings aren’t always indicative of structural damage, but they should always be inspected as a precaution so the proper plaster ceiling repairs can be carried out.

In this article, we provide you with general information about the types of ceiling cracks, the causes of them, and when the professionals from Southern Ceiling Repairs should be consulted.

How Are Ceiling Cracks Caused?

Ceiling cracks are typically caused by structural damage or natural settling when a building ages. Poor workmanship can also result in cracks in a ceiling. Here are some of the common causes which mean you should have your ceiling inspected by the team at Southern Ceiling Repairs:

  • You live in an older house: Are you as young as you used to be? Unfortunately, neither is your house. As the building ages, it will experience wear and tear, including foundation settlement, which can lead to cracks not only in the ceiling but also in the gyprock plasterboard in the walls and floors.
  • There is moisture damage: Moisture damage can also cause ceiling cracks and this may be the case if you have discolouration or mould on your ceiling as well. A roof leak or a leak in the floor directly above the ceiling might be the cause of the moisture. Have you experienced considerable rainfall recently? Could the cracked ceiling be the result of a plumbing leak?
  • There is too much weight on the floor above the ceiling: Is there anything heavy in the attic or on the floor above the cracked ceiling? Ceiling support is especially necessary for bathrooms because they contain heavy items like bathtubs. If you have heavy furniture or other items like a piano or gym equipment, your ceiling might need to be reinforced or you may need ceiling restoration.
  • The drywall is damaged: The drywall in your ceiling might crack if it hasn’t been installed correctly, but usually, these cracks aren’t serious. For example, drywall joints can become loose when they are not properly taped. This is due to an inadequate amount of drywall mud applied by the installer. The tape is unable to stick, so the installation fails. When the tape comes loose, the drywall cracks.
  • You have a foundation problem: Cracks in a ceiling can also indicate structural damage. Settlement of the foundation may cause cracks in a ceiling. This is caused by stress placed on the building’s frame by settlement. In the case of structural damage, ceiling cracks must be caught early.

Could a crack in my ceiling be just a cosmetic issue or could it be more serious?

It depends on how large a crack is, where it is located, and what caused it. This is when you should hire a professional:

  • The presence of cracks and sagging in the ceiling indicate a potential structural issue that needs immediate attention.
  • The presence of one, large, continuous ceiling crack that goes across the ceiling and down the wall is almost certainly structural in nature. Get an inspection from Southern Ceiling Repairs as soon as possible.
  • Several small cracks on a ceiling could indicate a more serious structural issue. Speak to an expert at Southern Ceiling Repairs.

If your common sense tells you there might be a serious issue, then you should always err on the side of caution. Speak to the team at Southern Ceiling Repairs for an inspection and no-obligation quote for your home or business.