Thread Tools
Old 06-08-2008, 02:55 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,186
Help! Water leaked thru my basement ceiling.

I know the source of the leak and it was a big f**k up on my part and it's fixed. But right now I have an undetermined amount of dishwasher drain water that drained into my sheetrocked basement ceiling!!! If it was the dishwasher drain it couldn't be TOO much right? I took out the light and am reaching inside trying to dry as much water as I can. Some was leaking out around the window sill so I pried the fram off to let the water drip out.

What do I do? Should I drill a hole to drain some? It's just a drip so I don't know that there is much in there.

We just bought this house a month ago and I've messed it up here. Please tell me I didn't ruin my house. I feel like I'm going to be sick...

Last edited by Cubsfan; 06-08-2008 at 02:56 PM.
Old 06-08-2008, 03:30 PM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Voting anti-obamanation
Posts: 10,300
Poke a hole in the ceiling at the point closest to the origin of the leak. Get the water out of the ceiling assembly as quickly as possible to preclude mold growth. You don't say if the framing is solid sawn or lightweight wood truss-one can be dried out quickly and efficiently with a couple of holes and a high volume fan, the other cannot.

As far as quantity, I don't have a spec for that, but two ore three gallons of soapy water in a ceiling isn't a good thing.

Anyway-get the excess water out, first. Then dry out the ceiling interior ASAP, and then patch the drywall. It feels like something terrible, but it's not. This too shall, pass.
Crows. Keeping our highways clear of roadkill for over 80 years
Old 06-08-2008, 04:37 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 38,606
If necessary (or for peace of mind), you can cut out a generous section of the sheetrock and replace it. It's a messy job, though. If you feel that you've gotten most all of the water out of the space, then you could stick a heat gun or a hairdryer up there to finish up the drying process.
Old 06-08-2008, 05:50 PM
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Beyond the Pale
Posts: 4,148
Yes, poke a hold at the worst spot and put a bucket underneath right away. If you are lucky, after it's all drained and dry, all you will need to do is spackle over the hole.
Old 06-08-2008, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,186
I was able to remove the cannister light and dry it out from that hole. I think I got it all. It was caught pretty fast as the dishwasher didn't get to complete the drain cycle. I haven't seen any soakage through the sheetrock thank god so I'm hoping that it will just go away.

Do I need to spray bleach or anything up inside the sheetrock to prevent mold/mildew? Even though the sheetrock is probably not going to need to be replaced I would hate for it to mold over.
Old 06-09-2008, 12:34 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,618
Putting a fairly strong (say 25%) bleach solution into a mister bottle and spraying it around the inside of the cavity isn't gonna hurt anything and its probably a good idea.

Do NOT use a heat gun.. those things can start fires (used to use em to light ciggies back when I smoked.. called it my 6500 watt lighter)

A "contractor" would pull off all affected areas and then square off the hole, replacing the sheet rock, and then plastering/ sanding it smooth.. pre prime the plastered aread, let dry and then prime the whole area (let dry) and then paint the entire ceiling for a near invisible repair. A good contractor would also use the misted bleach or a commercial anti mould/fungal spray and let the whole area dry completely before doing the repairs .

If you do it, wear eye protection.. plaster, sand and mouldy wet sheet rock do not get along with eyes..

best of luck
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: devein lobster tail microsoft publisher flowchart schwarzenegger etymology egyptian superstitions straight dope smoking a pancake grounding outlets homeless people clothes cenovis spread jews in dubai scrap drives motor coat tarzan liana decaf oolong tea chingate cabron ogradys potato chips muzzle burn maximiser concrete m'kay meaning sumerian quotes hot battery no body hair medievil signs otc tamiflu poe voltages fire nets rotgut alcohol non free email pushing 30 mcclain stevenson terry farrell becker 9600 baud modem paracord weight rating toilet drano liquid can i return an item to amazon if i opened it leave harness on dog menards insulation blower rental why are car headrests so uncomfortable pineapple vodka drinks recipes difference between 5w30 and 5w20 basset hound names for males is lead heavier than steel why do so many chefs smoke how long is a sandwich good for in the fridge there once was a man from nantucket poem clean windshield with steel wool what drinks can i make with coconut rum car door stuck in locked position how to find distant relatives how tall was adam and eve difference between cake and brownies mini moos expiration date san antonio to amarillo drive time is helium a mixture alligator lizards in the air meaning bouncy ball you sit on how can you make yourself faint what medication will dry up a runny nose where can i get boric acid powder install quicken on new computer without cd how long does food stay in a cat's stomach 2002 ford taurus battery middle name for gwendolyn how does tcm make money amazon locker always full send cash in the mail glue metal to rubber