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​How Long Does It Take For A Ceiling To Dry After A Leak?​

​How Long Does It Take For A Ceiling To Dry After A Leak?​

If questions about ceiling damage and leaks go over your head, do not worry! You are not alone! The ceiling is something we take for granted, yet it is an essential part of the home or business. If you find yourself in hot water with a leaky ceiling, make sure you take the appropriate steps to dry it out and save your home from further damage. 

The first step with a ceiling leak is to dry the area. Most experts suggest using a dehumidifier and closing off that area. Keep windows close if you use a dehumidifier. If you can’t do that, create air circulation with fans and keep the window slightly ajar. 

Another drying method involves heat and a shop vacuum. You can use a shop vacuum to blow hot air into the ceiling and aid in drying. Ensure you support the wet drywall while doing this, or you risk permanent sagging. 

Typically, water will create contamination. If you have a drywall ceiling, you risk rotting and musty smells if the board is not dried correctly. If you have lath and lime, you may face rotting lath if the water has been able to sit there for a while.

Read more: Do I Need To Replace Ceiling Drywall After A Leak?

How Long Does It Take for Ceiling To Dry Out?  

How Long For Ceiling Leak To Dry

The necessary period to dry out the ceiling will vary based on how wet the ceiling got. It can take a minimum of two weeks but sometimes up to four weeks. Ensure you address the leak’s cause to ensure you are solving the problem rather than going in an endless circle. After all, things cannot dry if it is still getting wet!

The best way to address a wet ceiling is to get it dry as soon as you spot the problem. The prime window to mitigate damage is within 48 to 72 hours of discovery. If you can start the drying process in this time frame, you will stand a much better chance of stopping mold before it can begin to grow  and prevent warping.

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How to Know Your Ceiling Is Getting Dryer?

If the ceiling condition is not improving, you should consider replacing the drywall or plasterboards. Remember you must find the leak and make sure it is fixed before doing any repairs. If you call in an expert, they can remove the damaged area and re-skim it with new material. This is a great option to avoid replacing the entire thing. 

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If the drywall sags, it will hold that shape after it dries out. It can be hard to get the ceiling back to its former glory. Detecting mold or other forms of long-lasting damage can also be challenging. For these reasons, always consider consulting an expert, like those at All Dry USA!


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