Repairing Water Damage
If you have drywall in your home, you will find that water is one of its worst enemies. When water damage occurs to your drywall, you will need to make sure that you have the right drywall supplies on hand to fix the problem area or you will need to contact a local drywall company to handle the job for you. Below, we will go over how to replace the drywall in your home after the damage has occurred.
Identify and Mark the Damaged Area
The first step you need to take is to assess the damage that has occurred. You will need to look around the drywall and mark off any areas that have damage to them. Generally, you can identify water damage on drywall relatively easy because the drywall will become brown or the paper will begin to crinkle and bubble.
When you do mark the areas, use a pencil or object to score the damaged area, so that you can refer back to it when you are ready to make the cuts.
Cut Out the Damaged Area
Now it is time for you to grab your drywall supplies and start to cut out the water damaged area. Since you already marked the spots, you will use those markings to cut the damage out.
You will find it easier to use a drywall saw for this portion of the job and you can pick one up at your local drywall supplies store.
Once you have made cuts through the drywall, you may need to remove nails or screws that have been inserted to keep the drywall in place. If there are no screws or nails, the drywall should remove easily.
Install Your New Drywall
The next step involves cutting a new piece of drywall and then placing it where you removed the old drywall from. You can secure the drywall in place using a drywall screw or two. You should choose screws over nails because nails may eventually pop through the surface, which means repairs will be needed later on.
Once you have the drywall in place, you should tape all of the seams around the new piece. Once the tape is placed, you should use a drywall compound on the tape and smooth it out. Allow the compound to dry and then apply a second coat to the tape.
After the compound is fully dry, sand it down until it is smooth and flush with the surface. You can paint over the area once you have finished sanding it down.
Replacing drywall after water damage has occurred is not difficult, but it does mean that you need to have the right drywall supplies and you should perform the job quickly to prevent further water damage. If the water damage is from a leaky pope or roof, you need to fix this issue before you replace the drywall, so that the same problem does not repeat itself.
If you are in need of drywall supplies or you need help with replacing the drywall in your home, call your local drywall company.