Now that the weather is starting to warm up, you can make plans for home improvement projects. If you've got plaster on the walls of your home, now's a good time to conduct a thorough inspection. Plaster can sustain serious damage, especially where age and extreme weather exposure are concerned. Unfortunately, if plaster damage isn't repaired quickly, it can lead to structural damage, especially if the damage allows moisture to soak through to the frame of your home. If you're not sure that your home needs fresh plaster, read the list provided below. If you recognise any of the issues described here, contact a residential plastering contractor as soon as possible.
You've Seen Visible Cracks
When you inspect the plaster on your home, the first thing you want to do is check for cracks. Small cracks in the plaster aren't necessarily an issue that you need to worry about, especially if they don't form a network. However, if you have a network of cracks throughout your plaster, or if the cracks are wide, you need to contact a contractor right away. Large cracks, or networks of cracks, should be repaired in a timely manner.
Your Plaster Is Peeling Away
If the inspection of your plaster identifies areas that are peeling away, you should schedule a professional inspection right away. Peeling often occurs when plaster cracks aren't repaired quickly enough. Unfortunately, peeling can leave your home exposed to moisture damage and pest infestations. That's why it's important for you to contact a plastering contractor as soon as you notice any of the plaster peeling off your home.
You've Seen Plaster Bubbles
If you've inspected the plaster on your home and you've discovered areas that have bubbled, it's time to take immediate action. Those bubbles are a sign that your plaster has been exposed to water. In fact, there's a good chance that there's a water leak somewhere behind the wall. Unfortunately, moisture bubbles can increase the risk for mold growth. Not only that, but if the damage isn't repaired, you could see your plaster chip away from your home. To avoid additional damage, contact a plastering contractor at the first sign of plaster bubbles.
Your Plaster Has Soft Spots
Finally, if you tried to repair the plaster damage on your own and now you've discovered soft spots, you should hire a plastering contractor as soon as possible. This is especially true if it's been a few days since you completed the plastering. Soft spots that are still present after adequate drying time are a sign that the plaster wasn't mixed properly prior to application. If that's the case, the plaster won't dry properly. You need to hire a plastering contractor to repair the damage.