We have a 1939 home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our dining room ceiling leaked due to an ice dam last month, and my husband cut a hole to allow the water to drain rather than spread. The DR ceiling already had many cracks, despite recent remudding and painting - possibly, according to a painter, due in some places to condensation from pipes to the bathroom above.
One contractor suggested we address the hole + many cracks by adding a layer of 3/8" sheetrock. This would cover a portion of the crown moulding (about half of the top lip, I'm told).
Another contractor suggested spot repairing the ceiling, including opening up the crack that may be due to pipe condensation and insulating the pipes.
I would like to have a smooth, fully repaired ceiling but I am sad to cover up any of the original crown moulding. I don't trust that the moulding could be removed and replaced without damage. Do you have any recommendations about how we should proceed?