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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.

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Everything You Need To Know About Drywall Water Damage

by Paul Burton

Drywall water damage is always a big deal whether the damage is small or large. Mold and mildew grow easily in drywall especially when it is moist. You must work quickly to fix the situation. Here is everything you need to know about drywall water damage so you can keep your house safe.

Find the Source of the Issue

First, you have to make sure that the issue that caused the initial damage is completely fixed. You don't want to fix your drywall just to have the issue creep up again. Whether it be a leaky pipe, flooding, or something else, you will want to make sure that you have found the source and fixed it for good.

Dry and Air Out the Room

You can gently towel dry the wall, being careful not to create any holes through the softened drywall. However, if it seems water is pooling in the drywall you can poke a hole to allow that water to escape. The best way to dry out a room is to air it out. Open windows, doors, and turn on any fans in the room as well as bring in extra fans if possible. You can also rent special fans and dehumidifiers to help speed up the process.

Make Sure Your Air Quality is Safe

After you have made sure all of the moisture is out of the drywall, then the next thing to do is make sure the air quality in the room is safe. One good way to do that is with a moisture meter. Even if the walls look dry they may still have moisture inside the walls. Once you're sure there is no hidden moisture you can check and see if there is mold or mildew. If you find mold or mildew, then you can clean the wall using a solution specifically made for removing mold. You can also use a vacuum with a special filter for trapping small particles.

Assess the Severity of the Damage

Once the issue is fixed, the next thing to do is find out how bad the damage is to decide how to fix the drywall. If you see the drywall sagging or bubbling, then you will want to cut out a section and see how bad it is. At that point you can decide if it's bad enough to cut out the whole piece or just the worst area.

The most important thing in drywall damage is making sure that the underlying issue is taken care of and that your home is safe. Properly fix the issue, clean the drywall, and make sure your air quality is good so you can rest easy that nothing is lurking in your walls. 

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