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The Importance of Repairing Water Damaged Drywall

3315 101413 gs3315Drywall – also called gypsum board, plasterboard, or wallboard – is a panel of gypsum plaster squeezed between a pair of thick paper sheets. It is mainly used to make ceilings and interior walls. It is so common in construction today and it is now the faster, preferred alternative to traditional lath and plaster.

 

Causes of Water Damage

 

Unfortunately, drywall is susceptible to water damage and must be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Common problems that lead to water damaged drywall include:

  • Pipe damage
  • Chronic condensation
  • Toilet plumbing problems
  • Roof, attic, or foundation leaks
  • Natural disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes

If the water damage is extensive, you may need to replace the drywall as opposed to repairing it. Water damage causes it to warp and sag, and it can even fall off if not properly repaired or replaced in time. Fortunately, drywall is easy to repair and replace.

 

Punch Out Plus offers professional handyman services, including drywall installation and repair. Their highly skilled staff will be able to determine whether your drywall needs to be repaired or replaced entirely.

 

Recognizing Water Damage

 

You may not see the water pooling or even notice that there is water damage until it is too late. The first sign to look for in the ceiling are depressions around the fasteners. Small dimples will begin to form as the drywall begins drooping/sagging; it will end up looking like an upside down crater.

 

If you notice these small indentations, it is important to remove all valuables from the room to prepare for a ceiling collapse. If you see bubbles start to form, there could be sitting water on the other side. It is recommended that you puncture the area with a nail or other sharp object to allow the water to drain into a bucket underneath.

 

Your own two hands are also valuable tools when it comes to checking for water damaged drywall. Poke the drywall with your fingers and test the structural integrity; if it still feels firm, chances are it is probably okay; however, if it is soft or spongy, the area will need to be carefully cut out and replaced.

 

Risks of Delaying Repair

 

Simply put, your house will begin to fall apart if you delay repairing your water damaged drywall. Water critically compromises the integrity of drywall; with the weight of the water and the compromised structural integrity of the gypsum core, the drywall panels will tear away from the fasteners until the entire roof eventually drops to the floor.

 

Another common problem of water damage is mold. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments. Wet drywall is the perfect environment for mold and will only rack up your repair bill. Tackling the problem as soon as possible will help you to avoid further damages and costly repairs.

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