Wet or Moist Drywall? – 4 Signs Your Drywall Has Water Damage

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Water damaged drywall can cause significant damage to your home.  Moist or wet drywall can compromise the structure of your walls and become a place where mold can grow and flourish. With enough water or over enough time, your walls can actually break down. So in order to save your wet walls, you need to dry them out quickly.

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Four Signs of Drywall Water Damage

If you have had water damage inside your home or business check for water damage to your walls using these signs.

  1. Discoloration – The most common sign of water damaged drywall is discoloration. Look for streaks running down from the ceiling or if you had flooded floors your walls may look darker from the floor up.
  2.  Bubbling or cracked paint – This occurs when water is trapped behind your paint or wallpaper due to moist drywall.
  3. Softening or crumbling drywall – Often a hidden sign of water damaged drywall. Push lightly against the wall in any areas you suspect might have water damage. If the wall depresses or you notice buckling, you have experienced hidden water damage.
  4. Yellow-brown stains – Often found on ceilings and sometimes on walls these stains indicate that there is a water leak coming from above.

After Water Damage Begin Drying

After a water damage event, the first thing to do is to dry out the walls. A dehumidifier is a good tool to use, but you should blot the walls using clean, dry towels. Press lightly, as water can cause the drywall to soften. Call a flood restoration specialist who can determine if there are any hidden issues lurking behind the wall. They can make sure your home is structurally sound.

Repairing or Replacing Water Damaged Drywall

repairing water damaged drywall San Diego CA - Gold Coast Flood RestorationsIf you notice any water damage, fix it immediately. You can’t see hidden water damage from outside, so you must inspect your walls carefully by following the signs above. Repair or replace water damaged drywall with the help of a professional restoration company.  They are the experts in fixing water damaged drywall and can quicly reduce the threat of mold.  They can also help you with your insurance claim.

Water can cause damage to not only your drywall but to insulation and framing as well.  Mold can grow, wood can rot and electrical wires can become corroded.

If you have wall water damage, you should be worried about the health of your home’s occupants. Mold growth in the home can be a significant concern as it can have a negative effect on your health. A fire caused by the water damage can be a significant problem as well.

If you have water damaged drywall, the best course of action is to repair it. Drywall can collapse if it is not properly maintained and repairing it will ensure the integrity of your home.

If the drywall is not structurally compromised it can be repaired by cutting out water damaged drywall. Cut the hole into a square or rectangular shape using a keyhole saw. Use another piece of drywall to patch the hole.

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Water damage behind the walls is not as obvious as you may think. If you suspect that you have water damage behind your walls, take the time to look for signs of it. This can cause long-term issues.

Check your walls for any signs of water damage. Water damage is often obvious, but in some cases, you may need to check the walls for damage after a heavy rain. If you notice any smells, investigate the source of the smell.

Gold Coast Flood & Mold Specialists can help you with an assessment of your water damage emergency.