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How To Fix Water Stains On Ceiling: Good to Know 14 Tips


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Homeowners spend time, effort, and money just to beautify and maintain their homes. However, sometimes they think that small issues such as little water stains on ceiling are not a big deal. These issues can lead to water damage and can grow into an extensive and expensive restoration task later on.

In addition, covering water stains with paint will not solve this problem and will just make it worse. You may also consider hiring a water damage professional.

Unless you find the source and repair it, there are things you can do now to fix water stains on the ceiling. Please check out the full article.

Causes of Water Stains on Ceiling

Identifying the source of the water damage is tricky since water travels but what’s causing water stains on the ceiling? Knowing the following will help you prevent further water damage issues.

  • Roofing Issues

Cracked, curled, cupped, or missing shingles in any area can lead to an active roof leak, especially in the next rainstorm. Moreover, the drainage of the HVAC unit could also leak in the piping which will cause water seepage under the shingles.

  • Grout and Caulking Problems 

Especially if you have a bathroom on the second floor, check if the grout or caulking around your toilet bowl, tub, or shower is damaged or worn out.

  • Pipe leaks 

Plumbing leaks can cause water pooling and draining into the floor leading to water leaks downstairs causing water stains on the ceiling.

  • Condensation in the Attic

When your attic doesn’t have enough insulation or ventilation, condensation occurs. Excess moisture seeps in and starts to collect in corners.

Fix Water Stains on Ceiling: Without Painting

  • Find the source of water stains and repair them immediately.
  • Cover the floor where you’ll be working and ensure that the room is well-ventilated. As part of your safety, don gloves and safety goggles.
  • Make a bleach solution by mixing 3 parts warm water and 1 part bleach. Use oxygen bleach for your colored ceiling.
  • Stand on a stepladder or a sturdy stool. Dip a sponge in the mixture and wipe the stains.
  • To rinse, use a second sponge and dip in clean water. Then dry the affected part with a towel.
  • If there will still be visible stains, leave the mixture overnight to dry completely before an attempt to cover it up.

How to fix water stains on ceiling with painting?

  • Bleach the stain using the method above.
  • If you opt for natural solutions, use white vinegar. Pour this into a spray bottle and spray the stained area. Allow the vinegar to sit and be absorbed for one hour.
  • If the stain persists, try making a solution of 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Use a spray bottle with the solution then spray it on the stain. After scrubbing, gently pat the area with a damp cloth (from clean water) to get rid of any residue.
  • If you see flaking or loose paint around the stain, use a scraper to get rid of it first.
  • After bleaching and drying the water stains, you may apply an oil-based undercoat over the stain. Then leave it overnight to dry.
  • To prevent the stain from peeking through, paint a second coat and let it dry. (if necessary)
  • Apply a stain-blocking primer to bind pigments and prevent bleeding from the stained part or area. This will help in reducing the risk of mold growth in the affected area. Allow the primer to dry for 2 hours (at least).
  • After treating the stain, you may repaint the ceiling as normal.

For Getting Rid of Hard Water Stains on Ceiling

When you are dealing with and preventing hard water stains and soap scum, distilled vinegar is one best choice for stain removal. This can easily get rid of deposited minerals. But be extra careful when using it. Vinegar can damage the paint if you leave it on the ceiling for a long period of time.

Soak clean paper towels in vinegar and place them directly on the soap scum deposits. Let it sit for 20 – 30 minutes then wipe it with a clean towel or sponge dampened with water to neutralize the vinegar on the painted surface.

You may also consider installing a water softener in your home to prevent hard water stains and soap scum.

Got Water Stains on Ceiling?

Contact a Water Damage Restoration Company

If you want to maintain a house stain-free and neat, never ignore water stains on ceilings! Don’t just paint to cover the issue or it will only get worse. Follow the tips above. If you think you couldn’t deal with or remove water stains or if you suspect mold and mildew spreading in your ceiling, please call Superior Restoration.

We provide not only emergency water damage restoration services but mold and fire damage restoration services as well. We are available 24/7.

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