Preventing Water Damage
If you notice that there is water damage to your drywall, you may need to purchase new drywall supplies and replace the section of wall that is damaged. Unfortunately, drywall can be easily damaged by water, but it helps to know how to prevent it and what to look for. Below, we will go over some tips to help you quickly identify any problems.
Detection of Water Damage on Drywall
When drywall is damaged by water, it will begin to soften in places and you may also notice a wrinkled appearance on the surface. If you touch the drywall, you may notice that it is wet, but this is not always the case. In fact, if water damaged the wall, but has since dried up, you will notice that the wall feels dried out. If the wall is still wet and soft, you may damage the drywall further by pressing on it.
Another way to detect water damaged drywall is through the appearance of darkened spots. These dark spots indicate that there is a mold problem and it is something that needs to be handled immediately. One of the most concerning things is that mold could be growing inside of the drywall and there may be no indication of it on the exterior of the drywall.
Lastly, you can detect water damage in your drywall if you notice water staining on the drywall itself. Similar to when a roof leaks, you will notice brown spots in the area where the water was.
Prevention of Water Damage to Drywall
Before you head out to your local supplier to purchase new drywall supplies, take a moment and determine whether or not you can correct the problem or if you do need to replace the drywall. Sometimes, in the early stages of water damage, you can simply dry out the drywall. To do this, you will need to take a dehumidifier and a fan and place them toward the drywall. Allow the dehumidifier to run and suck the moisture out of the wall. The fan will help circulate the air and prevent a buildup of moisture and humidity.
If you notice that your drywall has some water staining, you may be able to simply replace that section of the drywall. Before you cut the drywall out, you need to determine if there is any mold in the wall. If there is, you will need to handle the mold and spores FIRST before you begin to remove any of the wall. If there is no mold, you can purchase the necessary drywall supplies and then cut out the stained area and replace it.
Lastly, when it comes to prevention of water damage, you need to be proactive about checking your pipes, and appliances for any leaks or damage.
If you are searching for the best drywall supplies for your upcoming project or repair job, contact The Lumber Guys now. We specialize in all types of drywall and we can help you choose the right type for your project.