It's the roof. I went to the attic (which is unfinished) and the apparent leak is in an area where there are no floor boards. We are getting a new roof this spring. So, it's not a huge big deal to fix the ceiling? I am totally ignorant when it comes to house repairs, so I was envisioning some awful, expensive repair job. Tamara
First you need to get some buckets up in the attic to catch any more leaking water from the roof leak.After the ceiling has had time to completely dry out ,You have to determine if the water damaged area is spongy.If it is you'll most likely have to replace that section of ceiling.If it's just stained and the outer layer of coating with the swirl in it has come down then you put a few more screws into the ceiling stringers to strengthen the water damaged area and recoat the area and try to reproduce the swirl and prime it and paint it.It's a mess to do so get everything out of the room ,when your spraying the coating on.This a rather simplistic explaination but those are the basic's.
The problem is that I can't see where the water is coming in. There is one drip on the other side of the attic that is obvious and I do have a bucket under it. But the area in the attic above my bedroom ceiling does't have any visible water dripping. The water must be trickling along the beams or something. You can see from the picture that there are no floorboards there, just some sort of insulation, so I am afraid to go over there for fear of falling.
The ceiling is spongy in that area. It seems quite beyond my ability to fix it, so I guess I will have to hire a handyman to do that. *sigh* Tamara
Where the cardboard is you can take a few wide boards and place them over the ceiling joist so you can lay on them.Reach into that area and pull out the cellulose insulation and leave out so when it rains again go up there and see at that time if you can see where it's dripping.You may be right ,and it might be running down the side of one of the other beams and then over to where it's coming through the ceiling.Anyway if the ceiling is spongy the worst is already done and that area should be replaced with new drywall. Yuck! messy job.Sorry
Once you get a new roof on, then the ceilings can be repaired and painted. Until you fix the roof, it would be unwise to do any repairs on the ceilings. We had a few waterstains at our last house plus the tape on one of the joints came swinging down on our bed in the middle of the night. Talk about a rude awakening. We got the roof repaired shortly after that night and touched up the water stains and pasted the tape back in place, spackled that area, and touched it up with some paint.
Compared to a new roof, paying someone to fix your ceiling is... a drop in the bucket...sorry, I had to do it...
The materials aren't expensive and the hard part will be matching the stucco. Maybe insurance will cover it? Worth asking, maybe.
Be careful if you start filling buckets in your attic. Make sure they're on plywood or boards if you do, you don't want a forty pound bucket to come crashing down.
I agree that the ceiling repair will be cheap compared to a new roof but if you have that kind of damage now, it will only get worse until you either repair the roof or replace it. Pay now or later. It will only get worse with each rain.
My mom set some money aside from my grandma's will to replace my roof, thank God! We would have been up the proverbial creek if we had to pay for it ourselves! Our neighbor used to build houses for a living, so we're going to see if we can hire him to fix our ceiling in the bedroom and kitchen. Tamara
Bummer! I wonder what the price would be if you purchased the materials and then what kind of warranty would they give you... probrably just the labor but it would be nice if purchasing what they recommend yourself would help bring the price down for you.