It Came from Above

Ceiling Damage from a Leaking Toilet Above


Continued from Wax Ring Replacement Post:




The Drama unfolds.  As the World Turns and my wax ring replacement has stopped the Toilet from leaking, I can now proceed to fix the kitchen ceiling below. Again, not being a handyman, my friend John made some suggestions04-HolesDrilled .  First, he suggested I drill some holes into the brown spot to let some air get up into the ceiling and let the spot fully dry. So I did that. I took my handy piece-of-crap drill and made some holes into the brown spot.

I set up a fan so that I could blow air directly up into the holes and help evaporate any remaining moisture. I also sprayed some Lysol onto the spot to kill any mold or bacteria that might have started spawning there. After about 8 hours of the fan running, I removed the fan and let the area dry for a few more days on its own.

The next thing I did, was to spray a stain covering and mildew resistant paint called Kilz onto the spot.  I set up all a bunch of newspaper to catch any falling spray and put a thin layer of paint over the spot.  I used an oil-based spray paint in the odorless formula.  I sprayed on one thin coat, and let it dry.  An hour later, I sprayed on a second coat, and let it dry.  I did this about 4 times over a 4 hour period.  That left me with a clean white ceiling with a bunch of holes drilled in it.

05-PatchProductsNext thing I did was to patch the holes with a Spackling compound called DryDex. I like this product because it goes on pink and turns white as it drys. I layered it on over all the holes with a plastic putty knife and let it dry.

When the DryDex fully dryed overnight, I sanded it down with a foam sanding pad. Once the surface was smooth, I took a mini vacuum to the area to remove any miscellaneous dust from sanding the ceiling. I then put on a final coat of the Kilz spray paint and let that dry.

  06-CeilingPatchThe last step was to put on a coat of paint to match my ceiling paint. A nice eggshell white over the Kilz. I can now stand on the floor and enjoy the fact that what I thought was a major problem was actually relatively easy to fix. It took some time and a bunch of steps. The result is that I now love standing in my kitchen knowing I fixed something that I dreaded a few weeks earlier.  It didn’t cost that much money.  I think I paid less than 20 dollars for everything I needed to buy to fix the toilet and ceiling. 

Below I show some before and after pictures of the repair job I did.  There needs to be at least one more coat of paint on the patch to really clean it up.  Actually the whole kitchen ceiling really needs to be painted, so I may wait and do it all at once.

07-CeilingBefore
Before
08-CeilingAfter
After

I’m going to be keeping an eye on the ceiling to make sure the toilet leaking above was from an old and inadequate wax ring rather than a cracked pipe.  So far, so good.  I’m very pleased with the result.


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