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Question DetailsAsked on 8/12/2016

Can someone recommend a plaster ceiling repair near Urbana, IL?

Old home has paint falling from four ceilings

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If the paint is falling off the plaster but the plaster is still drywall-hard to the fingernail, then probably a moisture problem in the plaster - excessive moisture penetrating from the attic due to lack of a vapor barrier, too high a humidity in the house, or a leak not getting through but increasing the moisture in the joist bays for that level, for instance.

Or could be wrong type paint was used - like ceiling paint directly over plaster without a plaster-rated sealer/primer used first. Generally, if the paint peels cleanly away without taking a layer of plaster with it, it is a paint or moisuture problem - if some plaster is coming away with it usually high moisture in the plaster. If entire pieces of plaster are coming away or it is breaking out in chunks, usually bad plaster job or the mesh has rusted away due to old ager or high moisture.

If plaster itself is peeling away or flaking off, then could still be a moisture problem in the plaster, or poor quality plaster - which tends to start flaking and deteriorating around 20+ years.

I would recommend getting one or two highly rated painters and plaster contractors to look at it and give their recommendations - and bid to repair it if they say it is a problem in their area of expertise. I would have BOTH painter and plasterer opinions - though it is possible both will say their type of work is what is needed, so two of each might be a good idea. Or get a long-time home inspector who, in your phone call, says (hopefully honestly) that he is experienced in plaster/paint peeling issues to look at it for probably about $100 and see what he says.

Oh - on the mosture issue - if that is the problem over 4 ceilings, would almost certainly not be a leak directly impacting the plaster - would be, whether due to a leak (commonly in attic if affecting multiple rooms under the attic) or high house humidity or air conditioner temperatures causing condensation on walls, due to high humidity in the air (which you can get a $15 or so decent gage for from Amazon or box stores and such) to be uniformly affecting 4 rooms. Also, if a moisture problem, you would normally have attic/roof underside staining, or some mold growth issues in the house as well, and humidity at the plaster (top or bottom) in the roughly 60% or higher range. ALso, if you can see the mesh from the ceiling side, would almost always (unless quite new) be badly rusted if high humidity is the issue - though high sulfur (gypsum usually) content in the plaster mix can also cause heavy rusting, so that is not indicative - but lack of significant serious (not surficial rub-off type) rusting would almost certainly mean moisture problem originating on the back side is NOT the cause.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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