Popcorn ceilings are a decorative element people can use to enhance the look of the house. When the popcorn ceiling gets damaged, it becomes daunting to fix it. Unfortunately, if the damage is caused by water leakage, then there is added fear of developing mold. In this article, we will cover the basics on how to repair popcorn ceiling water damage.
Mold can cause allergic reaction and foul smell in the house. As mold grows, it can cause breathing problems, itchy nose, itchy throat, watery eyes, aspergillosis, bronchitis, wheezing, fever, and fatigue. People with asthma can get asthma attacks while coming in contact with mold.
Hence, it’s advised to repair the popcorn ceiling at the earliest. Preventing and fixing water damage on popcorn ceilings is completely possible. If you are wondering how to repair popcorn ceilings after water damage, here’s how you can do it!
1) Remove loose or flaking texture
The damaged popcorn ceiling starts to shred flakes and loose texture. It gets wet and develops mold. To combat the wetness, open the windows, fans etc to increase ventilation in the room. You can also use a hair dryer to dry the damaged ceiling.
Once the popcorn ceiling is dry, remove all the loose and flaking texture from the wall.
Make sure you wear a dust mask and safety glasses to protect yourself. Use a putty knife to remove the flake. Hold cardboard below the damaged area to catch the falling flakes.
If the damaged wall is bigger in size, just remove the flakes once, and then mop the floor.
2) Fix the water leakage
Next, it’s time to find out from where the water leakage is happening and how to fix it. Here you might need some help from a plumber. If it’s possible for you to fix it, then go ahead and do it. If you cannot do it alone, call for help.
Getting the water leakage fixed should be your first priority. If not fixed, it can repeatedly cause more damage to the ceiling. This step will cost you some extra money. You might need to change a few water pipes. It’s best to get this work done to save yourself from future problems.
Do not repaint the wall until the water leakage is fixed. It will leak sooner or later damaging the ceiling again.
3) Prepare the wall
Once you are done with fixing up the water leakage, it’s time you prepare the wall.
Firstly, wipe the area using a damp cloth. Secondly, leave the wall alone for a few days or hours for it to get completely dry. Next, apply a high quality stain-blocking primer on the damaged ceiling. Wait for the primer to dry completely before applying the new texture.
Make sure you are wearing your dust mask and safety glasses all this time. Also, pin a plastic tarp around the patching area and let it hang at least 4 ft down. This will help you save the floor from getting dirty.
4) Choose the right patch product
After the wall is prepared to be repainted, now’s the time to choose the right patch product.
Today three popcorn textures are available in the market- fine, medium, and coarse grades.
Choosing the right patch is critical for your wall repair. If you are an experienced DIYer, you can fine tune the density of the texture and apply by hand with a roller. If you are not so sure about how to mix-it-all, you can buy a premix product such as a spray texture to apply.
Or you can buy a premix patch in a tub and apply using a paint brush and putty knife.
You can watch online videos and learn how to paint the ceiling.
5) Apply the product following the instructions
Finally, the most difficult task is here- applying the patch. It is easy to prepare the wall, and dry the ceiling but applying the patch takes time and can get untidy. So, be prepared to face some difficulties.
Painting via spray can:
Using a spray texture is super easy. All you have to do is shake the can and spray on the damaged area. Start with a single coat of the spray. Let it dry completely. If the texture does not match with the rest of the wall, spray again until it does.
Painting via premix patch tub:
If you are going to use a premix popcorn ceiling patch in a tub, then apply one coat directly on the damaged area using a roller, paint brush, or putty knife. Let it dry. Apply again until it blends with the rest of the ceiling.
Fixing a popcorn ceiling is easier than you thought. All you need to do is remove, repair, and apply. Take one step at a time. It’s imperative that you dry the wall completely before proceeding ahead. If you are allergic to mold, make sure you wear safety gears before the fixing. Match the texture of the newly applied patch with the rest of the wall by applying 2-3 layers through the spray can.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I repair the popcorn ceiling?
Repairing a popcorn ceiling is easy. You need to remove the flakes, fix the water leakage, and apply new texture. Spray a single coat, let it dry completely, and then spray again.
How much does it cost to repair a water damaged ceiling?
It all depends on how you are going to repair it. If you plan to fix the water leakage, then you need the help of a plumber. That will cost you some extra money. Otherwise, you just need a premix product such as a spray can and a putty knife to repair the damaged ceiling.
How do you repair a water damaged ceiling?
Repairing a water damaged ceiling requires removing all the flakes from the damaged area and applying a new coat of the texture until it matches with the whole of the wall.