There are few elements more destructive to the home than water. We spend so much time protecting our homes against the likelihood of fire that we often forget that a single leak can cause untold amounts of damage to drywall. It’s worth remembering that drywall has a paper backing and that the combination of water and paper never really ends well. If you don’t believe me, then simply go for a bath and drop your paperback novel in there. That may bring a whole new meaning to pulp fiction, rendering your book completely unreadable. While you novel may be beyond repair after a meeting with water, the same cannot be said for drywall.
Water damaged drywall is easy to spot as it is usually discolored and/or bubbled in the areas where the water has taken hold.
Repairing Water Damaged Drywall
This type of repair isn’t really that difficult to pull off, with the hardest part of the entire process likely to be the taping and mudding. If you take your time you should be able to get it just right, which is likely to end up saving you a good amount of money. A professional contractor would likely have the job done in a fraction of the time that it would take you to do it on your own, but this way you get the satisfaction of seeing that you did the job well with enough money left over to perhaps buy some paint to freshen up your newly repaired wall.
Keep in mind, that water damaged drywall can often come with other problems, such as mold. Before you go knocking down walls, be sure that you wear a mask and take extra precaution if you noticed any sign of black mold, since it would require an bit of extra working when trying to remove black mold.