Drywall Repair: Water Damage Drywall Repair: Water Damage
Drywall repair: water damage can be devastating and if not taken care of immediately it can have a lasting effect on your drywalls. The damage can be recognized and corrected, and depending on the area, you can even do it by yourself. To circumvent the long term effects of water damage from happening, there are some steps that you can follow to successfully restore your drywall and minimize the water damage.
As with any do-it-yourself project, there is a set of tools that you need to have handy before beginning the project. For this work, there are no specialized tools or skills needed. The tools needed are high strength fans, joint compound, drywall patch, drywall tape, putty knife, and nails of various sizes.
Start by isolating the area where the damage has been inflicted upon by the water. Observe the manner in which the water damage has occurred. If it is due to stagnant water, it may be repaired. If it is due to some sort of a leaked pipe or so, you may need the help of an expert. Once the source is established, cut out the wet drywall and allow air to circulate through the opening. This is where the high strength fan comes into play.
The drying process can take a while, sometimes even a full day. However, while it is going on, you need to observe if the area is being dried effectively. If even after 10 hours certain sections are significantly dry, you may need to cut out more of the wall and expose it to the air. Failing to observe the drying process may result in mold buildup which will only add to your woes. Mold can seep into the water system and make it a very expensive to completely remove it. It is best to keep it from happening by taking some extra care in the drying process.
Once the section is sufficiently dry, replace any worn out or weakened studs with new ones and place a new drywall patch over the holes. Use a plywood backer board if the hole is very large to support the drywell in place. Then, nail in the drywall to the backer board and spread some joint compound using the putty knife. Smooth out the surfaces and look out for any leaks that may appear on the floor. In case they do, leave a small gap between the drywall and the floor to protect the wall.
Finally, use the drywall type to tape out the area where the drywall meets the existing wall using good quality drywall tape. There are tapes which are specifically made for such purposes that are available in the local hardware stores. Once a smooth finish is obtained, you can paint over the drywell to match your existing décor. This is the last step in restoring your drywall to its original glory.