The Irish have said it in a proverb, so it is supposed to be true. Trying to stay on the roof and work will be harder for sure. And staying on the opposite side inside won’t be easier. If water has damaged your ceiling there are a couple of things you can do yourself:
- Locate the source of the problem. Take care of it before starting the repair of the ceiling. It can be broken pipe or roof tile. If it’s not so obvious, may be the padding of the roof has leaks somewhere, through the pores of the matter it can give reflection on a place different from the originating one.
- Who is in charge? If you are a tenant probably you will need to contact your landlord before doing something on your own, depending on tenancy agreement. If your home has insurance including such disasters you should contact the agent before taking any actions.
- The condition of the ceiling. Is the surface smooth or bubbles have appeared? If you have located and fixed the draining fast may be you will need only to wait for it to dry. Steam carpet cleaning will repair the damages on the carpets. Other ways get the ladder and climb up.
- Bubbly ceiling. If there are bubbles, probably the drywall has been damaged. You need to take putty knife and scrape the loose paint. If there is a mushy matter on the bottom of the bubble this means that mould has started to grow and you should call an expert.
- DIY. If you are handy and there isn’t any special circumstances get started. Smooth the ceiling with sandpaper, set layer of primer on oil base and let it dry for a couple of hours. Plaster with metal knife and let it dry (around 24 hours), then sand thoroughly and sand again till you get smooth surface on the same level as the surrounding ceiling cover. After it’s dry, put primer and repaint. Before you start repairs lay covering on the floor to avoid paint stains. Even if you have hired maids, paint stains removing is close to a miracle.
The reason why you should take care of weather dependent repairs in summer is simple: the paints and coats dry faster, climbing high places if safer (no water to slip on) and avoiding unpleasant surprises when the weather isn’t so favorable. Do you need more?