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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Common Causes of Plaster Ceiling Defects

by Regina Barnett

Many homeowners can conduct minor ceiling repairs on their own. However, it is always wise to identify the root cause of the defect so that the ceiling repairs can be done once the cause of the problem is fixed. This article discusses some of the factors that may be responsible for the defects in your plaster ceiling.

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common reasons why a plaster ceiling may develop cracks, peeling or efflorescence. Water damage can originate from the roof in case a leak exists there. You can rule this out or confirm it by conducting a roof inspection to identify the source of that leak. Plumbing leaks and air conditioning system leaks can also cause defects in ceilings. Always eliminate the source of the water damage before attempting any ceiling repairs in order to avoid having to repeat the repairs when the damage recurs.

Poor Plaster Quality

The quality of the plaster may also predispose the ceiling to premature deterioration. For example, poorly prepared plaster will crumble and crack without any external force being applied to it. You can be sure that the materials used to make your plaster ceiling were of a poor quality in case you check for all the other causative factors discussed in this article and none is confirmed as the cause of the ceiling defect.

Structural Damage

The plaster ceiling may also develop defects in case the building has sustained some structural damage. For example, the ceiling may develop wide cracks if the home settles over time. It may be necessary for you to ask an experienced inspector to check your home in case the ceiling defects are extensive, such as cracks that span from one end of the ceiling to the other.

Shock Loads

Multi-level homes may develop plaster ceiling defects in case heavy loads are dropped on the floors of the upper-storeys of the building. Those shock loads can generate vibrations that will eventually cause the ceiling below to develop defects. Seismic activity can also have a similar effect. It may be helpful for you to check the firmness of the sub-floor above a ceiling that has defects.

Conduct a thorough investigation and be sure that you have identified the cause of the ceiling defects which you want to repair. Ask professionals to help in checking for those root causes in case you lack the ability to perform those checks on your own. In this way, any repairs that you conduct will last since the underlying problem will have been fixed prior to the plaster ceiling repair project.