Most American homes use drywall, also referred to as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board, as interior material for walls and ceilings. When water damage occurs such as when the inside of the home becomes flooded due to a leak or a storm, the drywall absorbs water causing it to crumble, flake, or sag.
How to Assess Drywall Water Damage
Depending on how long the building has been exposed to standing water, the bigger drywall damage you may have to fix. It’s quite easy to see if drywall has suffered water damage.
- Discoloration – Check the walls for areas that may appear darker in color.
- Stains – Water-damaged drywall may cause stains to the outer walls, usually in yellow-brown color.
- Peeling of paint – Chipped paint or peeling wallpaper may indicate severe water damage to drywalls.
- Bubbles – Paint or wallpapers may bubble up when water comes in contact with the interior walls.
- Sagging walls – Excess water weakens drywall and this results sagging, buckling, or crumbling walls.
Steps to Repairing Drywalls
Stop the water source
Before any sort of restoration work can be done, the source of flooding must first be stopped. If the flood waters are caused by a leaked toilet or a burst pipe, the main water source needs to be turned off. If the water damage is due to natural disasters, restoration work begins after it has completely passed.
Water extraction should be carried out immediately once the water source has been turned off. Rare Restoration & Cleaning will deploy a professional water damage team equipped with commercial pumps and wet/dry vacuums. They will clear flooded areas as fast as possible to protect your property from further water exposure.
Drying and dehumidification
Restoration experts will then proceed to the air drying the entire space with equipment like air movers. Dehumidifiers will also be activated to capture any excess air moisture.
Remove severely damaged drywalls
Once the affected rooms are thoroughly dry, it’s time to remove drywalls that have been severely damaged. Damp drywalls may still be dried out and restored but if they are cracked, sagging, or crumbling, they’d have to be replaced. Some fixtures used to mount the drywall like studs or nails may also need to be replaced.
Dry salvageable drywall
Restoration technicians will pay special attention to drywall in the drying up process. This would require the use of high-efficiency blowers and dehumidifiers.
Sanitizers may need to be applied to affected areas to make sure that molds don’t grow in the future. Industrial grade sanitizers and deodorizers as well as foggers are used to eliminate mold spores on surfaces and in the surrounding air.
Hang new drywall
The next step is replacing damaged drywall with new ones. Experiences restoration workers may patch damage areas or replace an entire drywall. Sanding may be needed
Paint restored areas
The final step is painting or hanging up wall paper over the restored sections. The entire wall may need a do-over so that the restored areas do not call attention.
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