At some point, every home will need repairs. But few repairs strike fear into the heart of homeowners like a cracked ceiling.
Fortunately, a crack isn’t always a sign of a serious problem. In fact, in cases of minor cracks, you can even skip calling a professional and go the DIY route.
For budget-conscious homeowners fixing it yourself can save you a lot of money, which is vital when the average home needs over $3,000 worth of repairs.
Looking to go the DIY route and wondering how to fix a crack on the ceiling? Keep reading to find out how to make your ceiling as good as new.
What Causes Cracked Ceilings?
A ceiling crack can be caused by a few different things: structural damage, damage from above, or water damage.
Structural damage may start with your basement or foundation and work its way up, eventually affecting your ceilings.
This damage can also come from above. Ceilings below an attic are subject to damage from heavy objects above them, since the only protection over the drywall may be fiberglass.
Sometimes the damage that comes from above is water damage and can be very serious. If you notice water spots on your ceiling, you shouldn’t wait.
If the stains appear after recent rain, then you have a leaky roof. Other causes of water damage could be faulty plumbing or a leaky appliance.
How to Fix a Crack on the Ceiling
If the crack is minor, fixing a crack on the ceiling can be a DIY project.
First, you will want to gather your supplies. At the bare minimum, you will also want a ladder, sandpaper, putty knife, goggles, dusk mask, drop cloth, drywall tape, drywall joint compound, and a vacuum. You may also want primer and paint so your repair matches the rest of your ceiling.
Protect yourself with the proper protective gear, and lay down your drop cloth to protect your workspace. Set up your ladder, and scrape away any loose material with your knife.
Use a single layer of drywall tape to cover the crack. Position it so it’s centered directly over the crack. Firmly press it onto the crack and smooth it over.
Spread your drywall compound on the crack. Make sure it’s spread thinly and evenly over the crack.
Once it’s dry, you can touch it up. Sand off any rough patches. If necessary, touch up any missing areas.
Once your ceiling crack repair is done, you can prime and paint your ceiling as needed. Then clean up.
Don’t Be Afraid to Call a Professional
Of course, if it’s a major crack, or if you’re unsure of what to do, you should call a professional – especially if it’s a matter of safety. Don’t wait; it will only get worse.
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