Here are the common problems and what you can do:
WATER LEAKS — There is discolouration and the peeling of the plaster.
+ If you live in an apartment and see water leaking through the ceiling plasterwork – the source is most definitely linked to your neighbour upstairs. Contact him to fix the problem.
+ If the leak is not linked to your neighbour living above you, you can stop the leak by drilling a hole in the centre of the stained area to drain any standing water. Cut out the damaged area and replace with a new piece of drywall. Then, seal joints with drywall compound, and sand down and repaint if necessary to conceal the joints.

WEAKENED AND SAGGING FALSE CEILINGS — Typically due to years of accumulated dirt and dust, gravity and tiny shifts in the structure.
+ Try to nail or screw the sagging portion back in place. If the ceiling is too warped, loose or cracked, it’s best to change it before it falls off and does undue damage.

(Interior design by The Carpenter’s)


Follow these guidelines by HDB on how you should deal with ceiling problems in your flat:
CEILING LEAKS AT THE TOPMOST FLOOR — There is damage at the roof of the block.
+ As the roof of the block is part of the common property maintained by your town council, contact them to get it repaired.

LEAKS BETWEEN FLOORS — Waterproof membrane in the floor slab in-between levels has eroded, causing leaks.
+ The floor slab is known as a “party structure”, and under the HDB’s terms of lease, both owners are responsible for the repair. Call a contractor and share the cost.

Information from the HDB Residents’ Handbook.