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Four Warning Signs Your Plasterboard Needs To Be Replaced

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The last thing you want is for your ceiling to collapse unexpectedly due to drooping or deteriorated plasterboard. Here are four warning signs that your plasterboard needs to be replaced before the problem grows more serious.

1. Your Plasterboard Has Been Exposed To Moisture 

If you live in a high-humidity environment, you may not have thought about how this can affect your ceiling plasterboard. Because of the way plasterboard works, it acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture and retaining it over time. Although it is extremely durable, this can become a problem over years, as the plasterboard begins to bulge and then break under the weight. Ceiling collapse can be caused by accumulated moisture over time, so contact a professional if your plasterboard is older and has been exposed to moisture from the weather, spills, leaks, or dampness.

2. Your Plasterboard Has Audibly Cracked

Hearing a cracking sound coming from your roof or ceiling is one of the most unsettling sounds. Although cracking noises can occasionally be produced by weather changes or houses settling, if you hear a loud cracking sound coming from your ceiling, you should not leave it to chance. It may be an indication that your plasterboard has broken or cracked. Although it may not collapse immediately, the plasterboard's integrity will be compromised, and it may need to be replaced or repaired as soon as possible.

3. Your Plasterboard Has Visibly Cracked Or Popped 

Do you have any bulges or cracks in your ceiling? The reason for these could be plasterboard cracking, or the sheeting has come loose and migrated away from the screws and nails that hold it in place. These cracks and minor bumps should not be overlooked because they might lead to larger problems with your ceiling. A licenced specialist can repair and securely reinstall plasterboards.

4. Your Plasterboard Is Causing Mould Or Rust To Grow Or Form

Any signs of rust or mould on your ceiling or in the corners should be investigated. This could be a symptom of more serious problems lurking beneath the surface. It's possible that your plasterboard is to blame. It may be that your plasterboard is the source of the mould, with the mould and rust originating from deeper within the ceiling and roof. A licenced contractor can examine and repair wet, mouldy, or otherwise damaged plasterboard. 

If you have noticed any of the above four warning signs, you could require plasterboard repair or replacement. Talk to a licensed contractor to discuss your plasterboard, including Gyprock plasterboard.