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Hi all,

I have a bit of a problem and was hoping for some advice. My gutters have leaked and now a small section of the inside for my livingroom wall is damp. The annoying thing is that we only just got the room plastered and painted in June.

Will the damp plaster dry out on it own once the gutters are fixed or is it a case of once it's damp then it will have do be dealt with? I have read that it will redry but will crumble. Is this always the case even if it's new plaster and hasn't be damp for a long period?

Also in the same area there is what looks like a hairline crack. I was planning to see if there is something I can fill this with and then just paint over it. But again I'm not sure if that's the best thing to do.

Any advice anyone could give would be much appreciated.

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Caroline1 wrote:
Will the damp plaster dry out on it own once the gutters are fixed or is it a case of once it's damp then it will have do be dealt with? I have read that it will redry but will crumble. Is this always the case even if it's new plaster and hasn't be damp for a long period?

I can't say what will happen as I don't know. Fix the gutters as quickly as possible esp. if you are having the kind of weather we got on the East Coast of Scotland (short heavy rain, sunny, and repeat). I would not worry about the plaster falling down AND if it did it will be localised. It won't fall down but you must give it a chance to dry and it could take a while.

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Also in the same area there is what looks like a hairline crack. I was planning to see if there is something I can fill this with and then just paint over it. But again I'm not sure if that's the best thing to do.

Yes you can fill it but best let the plaster dry. You would have to open a little the crack then fill it using filler (unfortunately the filler I use comes in 2kg packs ... any filler from the diy shop). Painting only the crack is where you real problems may start. If you have paint left over from the last redecoration, if the room has stayed clean, you might get away by brushing some paint over it (also depends on the sheen of the paint etc). If you have to buy paint for it the chances are you will see a difference between old and new paint :-( If you are bothered by the crack, you maybe bothered by the difference in paint, and really the safe option is to repaint the whole wall but you can only try. The chances are you will see the repair unless the whole wall is repainted.


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Thank you very much for you for your reply. I will defiantly sort out the gutters and then assess the damage to the plaster.


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Once you have fixed the original problem (Guttering) leave the wall to dry fully. Unless the plaster has got seriously wet it should dry fine without crumbling.

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