Asked on Oct 17, 2017

How to fix a shower room wall after a leak



the leak from upstairs bathroom did this ugly crack above sink in downstairs shower room. HELP!!!!!!!!!! IDEAS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 answers
  • Sharon
    on Oct 17, 2017

    What is the wall made of, drywall, plaster?
  • Ken
    on Oct 18, 2017

    This is a relatively easy repair. Does not matter if it's plaster or drywall. Scrape away anything loose. Smear joint compound over the area, tucking it into the crack. Lay joint paper tape or fiberglass over the crack and embed it in the compound you just put on. Smear it down flat. Let it dry for a day and add another layer of the compound spreading out wider. Do the same a third time and you should be ready to sand and paint. There is an art to this and after a lot of years of doing this kind of repair I am still not good at it. You should not expect your first time to be perfect either. You can always sand it back down or scrape away damage and try again.
  • Isl13566034
    on Oct 18, 2017

    I think before it is sealed in you need to make sure you don't have mold growing inside your wall.
  • Ber29182121
    on Oct 18, 2017

    Thank you so much for the great advice. I really appreciate it. I hope to get to work on it soon...I will send a picture when finished
  • Holly
    on Oct 18, 2017

    My 2cents would be to also use a paint like kilz to inhibit mold and a shellac based primer before painting so no stains come through
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