I don’t care what your drywall water damage actually is, the first thing that were going to need to do is to find out where the water damage is actually coming from. The most common culprit, will be a roof leak or a plumbing water supply pipe that is leaking. Let’s get down to the bottom, literally. That’s where most of the drywall water damage repairs will need to be done.
If you have water leaking from your roof, there’s a good chance that the drywall ceiling will be damaged and if it has an acoustical or popcorn type ceiling texture on it, a large area of the ceiling texture will need to be scraped off or removed and then re-sprayed after the water damage repairs have been made.
If your ceiling is smooth, this will be the easiest ceiling repair that you can make, most of the time. Sometimes people get the illusion that a smooth water damaged ceiling from a roof leak, will be easier to fix and their right. The problem is, after the repair has been made, if it isn’t done properly, the repair will stick out like a sore thumb.
Now what about a water damage ceiling that has a light texture or a heavy texture. This will usually be the hardest ceiling repair to make. It’s difficult to match some types of ceiling textures. The heavier the texture, the harder it will be to repair. If you have a lightly sprayed orange peel type texture, you can count yourself lucky. This repair will usually be easier to finish than a smooth ceiling repair.
You repair the water damage ceiling, and you don’t like how it looks. Here’s the best way to fix this problem. You will need to smooth out the entire ceiling, using drywall joint compound, until it is totally flat or smooth or scrape all the acoustic old ceiling texture off and start from scratch.
Once the entire ceiling is smooth, you can apply your new texture or acoustic ceiling. Some contractors will actually figured the job that way, just to save themselves a view of headaches later.
If there is other water damage to the ceiling, you might even think about removing all of the drywall, replacing it and re-texturing the entire ceiling.