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Repairing Water Damaged Drywall

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Because it is inexpensive and easy to work with, drywall is one of the most versatile building materials today. Yet one main drawback of drywall is that it is highly susceptible to water damage. If you would like to learn more about repairing water damaged drywall, read on. This article will provide a basic overview of the process.

Step 1: Identifying the damaged areas.

By far, the drywall most vulnerable to water damage is that in your ceiling. Unfortunately, this is also the most difficult location to repair. Before you begin, therefore, it is important to verify the severity of the damage. In many cases, damp areas can be simply be allowed to dry out, thus avoiding more intensive forms of repair.

First remove any valuables and furniture from beneath the area you believe to be damaged. Then mount a step ladder and, using your finger, gently probe at the damp spot. If your finger can easily push into the drywall, chances are you'll have to remove it.

Step 2: Removing the damaged area.

As if water damaged drywall weren't bad enough on its own, it also makes the ideal breeding ground for certain types of mold. These can begin to bloom in just a few days, which means the sooner you begin the repair process, the better.

Be aware that there may be a significant amount of water pooled up on the other side of your drywall's wet spot. This means you must proceed carefully to avoid triggering a gross and potentially dangerous collapse. Use a drill or a hammer and nail to punch a small hole in the drywall, and allow any water to drain into a bucket.

The next step in the removal process is to cut out the damaged portion of drywall using a sharp cutting blade. To be on the safe side, exceed the size of the wet patch by a minimum of 4 inches on all sides. However much or little you remove, you must cut it back all the way to the ceiling joists on either side. This will allow you securely attach the replacement piece.

Step 3: Installing the fresh drywall.

The easiest way to cut an appropriately-sized replacement is to use the piece of drywall you removed as a template. However, this only works if the original drywall is still intact. If the drywall you removed was too water-logged to keep in one piece, you'll have to carefully measure the ceiling hole instead. Once you've cut your replacement piece, simply attach it to the ceiling joists using either nails or screws. Congratulations, you did it! 

Contact Mike's Drywall Service Inc for additional information.