How to deal with a Water Damaged Drywall

You just had an amazing day at work only to get home and find your laundry area filled with water. The first thing you want to do is getting a bucket to remove the water from the area. What you don’t now is that, for the time the water has been in that area, it has made its way through the fixtures and walls. While it’s so easy to repair minor damages and stains on drywall, things are different when the water seeps into the walls.

If your ceiling and walls are made of plaster or drywall, you know how serious they can be damaged. They will appear bubbling, discolored or even sagging once water seeps through them. You shouldn’t just remove the water but also make sure the area is well repaired to prevent any problems. Here are some tips to help you repair a water damaged drywall.

Start by Assessing Water Damage

The extent of damage will depend on where the water was coming from or rather the source. The first thing you need to know is how extensive the damage is. If there are areas that have been affected by contaminated water make sure they are sanitized. Once you’re done removing the water, hire a professional who can help repair the damage as soon as possible. Note that the sooner this is done, the higher the likelihood to prevent the spread of mold and other problems.

A restoration professional can help assess the level of damage regarding the moisture level, caving in and sagging. He will advise whether or not to replace the drywall based on the extent of damage.

Prepare for repairs

Well, if you choose to do the repairs yourself, you’ll need the right tools and materials. However, hiring a water damage restoration service will make everything easier for you. As a matter of fact, this is the best way to getting professional results and restoring your home to its initial state. The area may need repainting after the repairs. You’ll first need to remove any mud or dust from the area before applying a new coat of paint. Make sure the paint you’re applying blends with the existing wall.

It’s best to contact a restoration expert whenever you’re dealing with significant water damage and an overly wet drywall. Excessive water often weakens and compromises the durability and strength of drywall. It’s not just about getting rid of the water but making necessary repairs and preventing future problems.

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