Plaster chunks fall from ceiling in Yishun flat
LARGE chunks of plaster and cement from the bathroom ceiling of a Housing Board flat in Yishun crashed to the floor, shocking the home owners.
The incident occurred on Friday at about 12.30pm at a seventh-floor unit in Block 240, Yi-shun Ring Road, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.
Home owner Zhang Kaixin, an administrator, said she and her husband forced open their obstructed bathroom door at about 6.30pm that day only to see that plaster from the ceiling had fallen to the floor, exposing reinforcing steel in the ceiling.
The floor was littered with debris.
Ms Zhang, 34, said this was the first such incident since moving in for 12 years.
According to her, the house was more than 30 years old.
"Luckily, no one was using the toilet when it happened or else it would have been disastrous," she said.
HDB officers inspected the flat and found smaller pieces of dislodged plaster in the balcony and kitchen, Ms Zhang said.
"Five or six years ago, we had noticed that there were small cracks in the ceiling but we thought it was a small issue," she added.
She is worried as there are two young children at home.
A spokesman for the HDB told Shin Min that the falling of plaster did not affect the building's structure.
He added that the HDB would assist the owner in repairing the ceiling, and has footed 50 per cent of the repair costs under the Goodwill Repair Assistance Scheme.
HDB also advised the owners to paint the ceilings every three to five years.