why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Repairing Water-Damaged Drywall

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Easy to work with, inexpensive, and relatively light, drywall offers numerous attractive qualities. Yet drywall, like any building material, has its own specific Achilles' heel: water. The good news is that it is still possible to repair water-damaged drywall. This article will introduce you to the basic process. 

Evaluate the extent of the damage.

Drywall ceilings are far and away the most susceptible to the threat of water damage. If you're lucky, and the water damage is minimal enough, you may be able to simply let the damp spot dry out again. But if larger amounts of water have pooled up on top of the drywall, thus thoroughly saturating it, chances are it will need to be removed and repaired.

Test the extent of the damage by mounting a step ladder and probing the wet area with your finger. Be careful when you do this. A gentle touch may be required to keep a sodden drywall ceiling from collapsing. If the drywall offers little resistance to the pressure of your finger, you're going to have to remove it.

Cut out the damaged portion of drywall.

Once you've identified that the drywall will need to be replaced, it's important to act quickly. Wet drywall provides a convenient home for mold and mildew. If you don't attend to the problem right away, you may find yourself having to deal with a fungal infestation as well. 

The first thing is to carefully drain any water that may have collected on the top side of the damaged drywall. Gently use a hammer to tap a nail into the drywall. Then, with a bucket positioned below it, remove the nail. Once any standing water has emptied into the bucket, you may proceed to cut out the damaged area.

To do this, use a utility knife with a fresh, sharp blade. Fitting the replacement drywall into place is much easier when the shape is uniform. Cut out a rectangle that is larger than the damaged area by at least 4" on each side. Make sure that the cut-out exposes at least two ceiling joists; these will provide attachment points for the replacement.   

Install the replacement drywall.

If you can use the removed portion as a template, it's easy to create a replacement patch of the right size. But if the drywall was too wet to stay in one piece, you'll have to do it the old fashioned way, carefully taking the dimensions of the hole with a tape measure. Once the patch is created, simply attach it to the exposed ceiling joists using drywall screws. 

For further assistance, contact local water damage professionals, such as those from Fire & Flood Services Inc.

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4 April 2016