Bathroom Ceiling Drooping

This is why every bathroom should have an exhaust fan:


This is a photo taken while holding the camera right up to the ceiling. Theoretically, ceilings should be flat. Our bathroom is probably about 10 feet wide, and the ceiling is easily drooping about 3-4 inches.

It’s probably just a matter of time before chunks just start falling down. At some point, we’ll just have to tear this entire ceiling down and start over (which will also be a great time to install an exhaust fan). Unfortunately, there’s a number of items on the To Do list ahead of this, though. Plus, we’re not sure we really want to find out what’s going on behind all that droop. It’s better left unknown for now…

One thought on “Bathroom Ceiling Drooping”

  1. Without being able to see what is happening above the ceiling I would have to guess that either one of the joists has failed (split, cracked etc) and can no longer support its own load + that of the ceiling it is attached to, OR the ceiling has sustained way too much water/moisture/humidity damage causing it to swell and then droop.

    If it’s a joist it’s no big hassle to fix (aside from accessing it), just sister the beam and brace with noggins to parallel joists. If it’s a lathe and plaster ceiling you might want to consider just taking the whole hot mess down in the future, just because it’s a bathroom & even with an exhaust fan there will still be enough residual humidity to mistreat.

    Good luck, You guys have been busy!

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