I had some water damage to my ceiling, the water appears to have run along a
joint (where 2 sheets come together) its about 6 feet long by approx 1 foot
wide. Never done this before. Is it a job to attempt or leave for the
professional? I am reasonably ok with DIY Tiling and basic woodwork, and
have replaced a piece of coving and blended it in ok.
I suspect the damaged area of the ceiling board will need to be cut out and
It depends on how much plasterboard is damaged as to whether one or more
full boards need to be replaced or whether you can just cut out the damaged
area and replace with a piece of new plasterboard. If just replacing a 6 x 1
foot section the direction of the ceiling joists needs to be taken into
account as you will have to nail the new piece to the joists. That leaves
whether you are able to fill the joints and apply textured paint yourself to
match the old artex finish and pattern. If it is just a stippled effect then
matching is straightforward, but a patterned swirl effect is probably
impossible to match. Buildings insurance normally covers repair of water
damage. In my experience, if you claim on your insurance they normally
replace the whole ceiling as it is very difficult to repair without the
repair being visible.
Very true. First you have to pay the excess, then they will probably
increase your next premium at renewal. If you change companies you have to
declare any previous claims made within whatever time period they specify.
If you make a claim they will check for previous claims with other insurers
and if they find any previous undeclared claims they will refuse to pay out.
But they are running a business not a charity.
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