A Homeowner’s Guide To Drywall And Water Damage

There are many different materials throughout your home that are vulnerable to water damage. These include carpet, furniture, wood, insulation, and drywall among others. This post focuses on water-damaged drywall and what it means for your home. Drywall is particularly important to focus on since it is so absorbent and makes up an important part of your home’s structure. 

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Here is what our experts at Rumsey Construction have to say about drywall and water damage. In other words, here is your very own homeowner’s guide to water damage. 

How To Tell If Your Drywall Is Damaged

There are a few different ways you can detect signs of drywall damage in your home. Because drywall damage differs from situation to situation, it’s important that you remain on the lookout for each of these different indications of damage. 

The first indication of the drywall damage is water stains. Water stains are unsightly black and brown spots that present themselves on walls and ceilings. They are often roughly circular in shape and the color of the stains indicates that mold growth has begun as well. You need to look for professional help immediately if you detect this type of damage. 

The second sign of drywall damage is excess moisture in your walls. Although you may not be able to see all types of drywall damage, you can sometimes feel it instead. Walls and drywall affected by water damage often feel damp or even soggy to the touch. If you notice such a texture in your walls, you should call for help right away since it may be an indication of a serious problem. 

Does Wet Drywall Need To Be Replaced?

While this is a question we are often faced with, it is difficult to answer without more context. For one, drywall is very vulnerable to water so it doesn’t take much water to cause serious issues. On the other hand, the restoration tools we have today are very advanced and may be able to preserve your drywall. Overall, this is an important discussion to have with professional water damage restoration experts. 

What To Do If Your Drywall Is Affected By Water Damage

Identify the source of the damage: The cause of the damage may be obvious (storm flooding) or more difficult to diagnose. If you know the leak originates with your plumbing or appliance, turn off the water at the unit or at the water shut-off valve. If you’re unsure where the water or leak originated, don’t fret. Contact a remediation professional so they can identify the source of the damage for you. 

Finally, water damage remediation specialists are best suited to dealing with drywall water damage in your home. If you do have an issue with damaged drywall, don’t let it linger! Make sure you take action without delay before the problem spreads and causes further damage. We at Rumsey Construction are here to help with our 24/7 emergency restoration services for any water damage issues you may have.