Replace drywall ceiling?


Old 12-12-05, 12:27 PM
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Replace drywall ceiling?

We had a leak from our kitchen that went through part of the basement ceiling. There was water coming through at various points in the drywall, mostly in the area between two sheets. Mostly, the water was falling into the laundry room where there is no ceiling at all.

One week later, the basement ceiling has dried (the entire side of the ceiling is open into the furnace room so air has been circulating) and has not sagged at all. There are some faint traces of water marks. Reaching up, I can feel the inside of the drywall (between the floor and ceiling) and it's completely dry and seems to be as rigid as before.

Should I still replace the drywall ceiling, or just put a fresh coat of paint on it and count myself lucky?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 12-12-05, 03:32 PM
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If it's dry and there's no mold, I'd just put some sealing primer on and paint.
Old 12-12-05, 05:18 PM
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Use a solvent based primer. Water stains will often bleed through latex paint.

Drywall can usually withstand getting wet once or twice before it really weakens it.

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