Water damage can be a serious problem for any homeowner. It can cause minor damage, such as staining on the paint finish, or very serious damage, such as lumps in the gypsum board. If left unchecked, damp drywall can lead to dangerous collapse of ceilings, structural damage, and dangerous mold and mildew damage. To repair water damage in drywall, it is important to take the right steps to ensure the safety of your home and family. The first step is to measure from the ground to a decided height.
When cutting water-damaged drywall, make a straight cut at least two inches above the waterline. You may also need to remove damaged studs, floors, cabinets, and ceilings. After that, apply the first coat of joint compound or “mud”. The secret behind the mud is to cover the joint and use the mud to mix it in the repair with the rest of the wall.
Spread the mud at a distance of 4 to 6 inches from the edge of the repair. Allow this layer to dry completely for 12 to 24 hours and then sand the ridges. Be sure to wear a dust mask. If you have experienced a water incident in your home that lasted only a short period of time and did not involve a lot of water, for example, an overflowing toilet or a leaking appliance that was noticed and fixed quickly, you may not need to replace your drywall if you handle it immediately. Carefully inspect the area, check the entire damaged area, look for damage to the lower floors, access space or other hidden areas. If there is serious water damage, you may need to call a professional contractor to repair the source of the leak or to repair damaged walls or ceiling.
Depending on the type of damage and where water has entered, the drywall must be replaced in whole or in part. Place buckets under the damaged roof and burst any water bubbles with a screwdriver or screw to release any water. If the drywall only shows water spots but is not structurally compromised, they can be repaired by cutting out the damaged part. If the water source is contaminated by sewage or other toxic sources, however, the drywall in the damaged area is likely to be contaminated and must be disposed of. At the softer end of water damage, simple water stains can sometimes be treated with some drywall compound and paint. Lift carpets for water and look for any other water stains, rusty screws and other signs of water or dampness throughout your house. For professional drywall water damage restoration and reconstruction, call your local PuroClean office.
A certified water damage expert will have the experience and equipment needed to safely and effectively handle your water leak and repair water damage. So whether you're cleaning up a leak in your attic or a flood, it is important to repair any water-damaged drywall as soon as possible. Taking these steps will help ensure that your home remains safe and secure.