About Condensation Damp
Condensation Damp is generally a bi-product of how we live and can effect damp walls, and damp cellars. Various things that we do on a daily basis exacerbates the levels of atmospheric moisture in our homes and buildings and this has a direct bearing on the levels of condensation damp.
Cooking, bathing, showering and even breathing can increase moisture levels in the atmosphere with the average person expelling up to 5 pints of moisture a night just while they are sleeping!
There are a couple of reasons that could explain why your ceiling is not looking its tip top best. The following solutions explain the processes that could be undertaken by yourself. However, like with many things, if you are time poor or lacking in confidence – the team at Plasterers Redbridge would be delighted to help.
Common ceiling treatments include popcorn ceiling removal, treatment for joint shadow lines, treatment for dark areas and others. Some of these treatments can be addressed with DIY efforts. Learning the difference between various treatments allows homeowners to get a better view of what is required of them.
Joint Shadow Lines
Drywall ceilings can develop lines on their surfaces. This problem occurs because of a lack of insulation on the top of joists. The joist tops are exposed to low winter temperatures. The wooden joists are not effective insulators and there is a temperature difference between adjacent parts of the ceiling. The difference helps to create the appearance of lines. Condensation occurs because of the lower temperature: dirt and mould become trapped in these wet spots and shadow lines are produced.
Solutions exist even for problems which seem as insurmountable as this one. Homeowners can address this problem. A special paint can be applied to the ceiling and followed up with repairing the insulation on the joists. This insulation should fill spaces between joists in addition to covering those wooden tops which were previously left uncovered.
This treatment, while intricate, can seem less daunting than the task of popcorn ceiling removal (cottage cheese or acoustic ceiling removal), which can include testing the surface through the help of a laboratory and then contacting an asbestos abatement company in case the samples prove dangerous.
Bulge in Plaster Ceiling
Older homes with plaster ceilings may contain bulges which concern homeowners. In older homes, plaster was applied over metal, wood or gypsum lath in order to coat walls and ceilings. Vibrations and water damage to the roof may interact with the substances applied in the plaster placement process. Layers of plaster coating can cause the plaster to break away from structures within the surface and a bulge is produced.
A lack of heating can cause even the finish coat to create sags in the wall.
Two methods for repair are available. The DIY method, applying plaster washers, may appeal to homeowners wanting to fore-go the cost of the alternative: contacting a plaster contractor. Valuable resources point to an important difference between a plaster contractor and a drywall contractor, indicating that choosing the inappropriate repair business is a common mistake.
Obviously, the DIY method could entail steps which surpass those and involves in popcorn ceiling removal. Yet, if a contractor is involved, popcorn ceiling removal could still equate to more errand work for the homeowner than this treatment would create.
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It may come as a surprise to many people that it’s common place for newly built extensions to get cracks. This occurs because of movement between the ground and the wall.
But it’s just been built! I hear you cry. Whist we understand that it’s a pain to have to re-plaster and redecorate an area that’s just been built, it’s a job that’s got to be done.
We empathise that paying out more money to fill the cracks is the last thing you will want to do, don't rush into this. We recommend that you wait at least a year before tackling the problem.
The movement in a newly built extension takes place over a period of time and can affect various places. Settlement cracks can occur in the joint between the ceiling and wall.
The weather and quality of materials used in your extension are determining factors of the severity of cracks seen in your walls and ceilings.
So, if your extension is just a couple of months old and the sight of those cracks are driving you mad - get in touch! We can assess the damage and book you in to be seen in a few months’ time. This will give you peace of mind and time to allow any further cracks to appear.
Plasterer Redbridge covers east London and Essex, offering you our plastering, rendering and external wall insulation services. Get in touch on: 020 8088 0926.