Water damage to drywall

Water-damage to drywall is a common problem our customers ask us to fix.


Causes of Water Damage to Drywall

Sometimes coastal flooding is the culprit — for example, after Hurricane Sandy. Most of the time, however, a leaky roof or plumbing problem is the cause. Your first reaction should be to fix the problem before more water damage occurs to your walls and ceilings. In some scenarios, drywall contractors like us have to pull down entire walls and ceilings to allow built-up water to escape. If too much time passes, mold will grow inside the walls and ceilings, which means you’ll have to hire a mold-remediation specialist (expensive!) and then a drywall contractor to replace any moldy drywall.

Minimizing Water Damage to Drywall

So what should you do if water damage occurs on your wall or ceiling?

First, let the area dry. If the drywall is bowing or crumbling, chances are it will have to be replaced. So your best bet is to cut out a section and set up fans to dry the interior of your wall or ceiling before mold takes hold. Dehumidifiers or open windows (if the weather is dry) will help as well.

After the area is dry, call us. We’ll take a look at the damage and let you know if you have to cut out more drywall. Chances are you won’t, so long as the remaining drywall is firm and flat.

Red Stains on Drywall from Water

Water stains (rusty-red, blooming stains) are rarely a serious problem. A single coat of oil-based paint or special sealer (available at any hardware store) should block the stain. But failing to seal the area will allow stains to bleed through even multiple coats of latex-based paint.

Water damage to walls and ceilings can be serious, but you can minimize problems by taking appropriate steps to avoid mold and then calling in a drywall contractor to finish the job.

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