Plastering is used in many modern Australian homes. Plasterboard is cheap, easy to install and fire resistant. However, unfortunately, plaster on the ceilings of your home may occasionally need repair or restoration work carried out on it in order to keep it in tip-top condition. If you do not take steps to repair damaged plaster, the problem could eventually become much more serious and more expensive to repair. Below is a guide to 2 common causes of problems with plaster in your home.
Heavy furniture and equipment
If you notice that there are cracks in the plaster on your ceiling, a likely cause is items of furniture and equipment which are stored in the room above. For example, if you have a very heavy table, bookcase or gym equipment on the second floor of your home, the weight of this stuff could place enough pressure on the ceiling below as to cause the plasterboard to flex slightly. When the plasterboard flexes, it can result in small hairline cracks. These cracks may be difficult to see at first. However, with time, the problem will only get worse, and the crack will get larger.
The best way to deal with this problem is to call in a professional repair and restoration contractor who will be able to apply a new layer of plaster to the ceiling to cover the cracks. Once this job is complete, you should consider rearranging any heavy furniture or equipment on the second floor to prevent the problem from returning.
If a tile in your home becomes loose in high winds, this may allow water to enter through the roof space. Water naturally falls to the ground, so any water entering your roof space will probably find its way to a plasterboard ceiling. Because the plasterboard ceiling will absorb some of the moisture, you may not immediately notice that you have a problem. However, once the plasterboard has become saturated, the water will begin to leak into the room below. If the leak has gone unnoticed for a long time, you may also have to deal with mould and mildew. The best way of dealing with this problem is to call in a contractor who can repair the roof and restore the damaged plaster.
If you would like to find out more about dealing with damaged plaster ceilings in your home, contact a repair and restoration specialist today.