Repairing Damaged Drywall
Drywall is a convenient, lightweight and inexpensive material that is used in home building and remodeling. Since it’s not the toughest substance used in construction, it occasionally needs maintenance and repair. It’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents, and water damage. The good news is that no damage or problem is difficult to fix. Drywall supplies are available to make maintenance, repair, and even replacement a fairly easy process.
DIY Drywall Repair
If you have the necessary tools and drywall supplies, you might be able to take on the repair project yourself. You must be able to identify the problem and follow the repair instructions accordingly. You can save time and hassle by handing the job over to a qualified professional.
Tools and supplies you will need for repair include:
- Drywall saw
- Electric stud finder
- Flexible knives
- Hand sander
- Tape measure
- Pry bar
- Sanding sponge
You will need specialized drywall knives, as the typical knives you may have in your tool box or kitchen won’t work.
There are also drywall repair kits and pre-cut patches available on the market. The patches are shaped to fit around sprinkler heads or electric outlets.
Cost of Drywall Repair and Replacement
The cost associated with repair varies considerably, depending on the nature and extent of the problem. While you can save money initially by doing it yourself rather than hiring a drywall company, if you make any mistakes, you could end up paying more in the long run.
As for replacement, you most likely will need a professional. Installing drywall is far more difficult than a repair job. How much you would end up paying depends on the size of the project and the company. Some professional painters also do drywall work.
The only way to know how much a drywall project will cost you is to request a free estimate and consultation with a company in your area.
About Drywall Replacement
Minor damages are easily fixed with the right tools. A “nail pop” problem, for example, is caused by nail heads being pulled away from the wall studs. This type of problem can be fixed quickly and easily.
More serious problems, such as large cracks or mold infestation, replacement is usually the ideal option. Be sure to clear the source of the mold infestation before replacing the drywall, or the problem will just continue.
Sometimes only portions of the drywall need replaced. If there appears to be water damage in some areas but not in others, replace the affected areas or use patches to repair.
However, if the area is relatively small, a total replacement still may be the better option. Sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re unsure, have a professional come in to inspect.
Handling and Recycling Drywall
In many cases, drywall supplies and materials can be recycled, although you need to find a recycling transfer station in or near your area. However, drywall containing mold or asbestos cannot be recycled. It should also only handled by professionals. Never get near potentially hazardous drywall without eye goggles, rubber gloves, and a respirator.