Water is one of the biggest enemies when it comes to the structure and components that make up a home. And once it gets in, it can create a whole host of problems including extensive damage to the sheetrock that makes up your walls. Although sheetrock is valued for its affordability and ease of installation, this convenience also comes with the risk of water damage if moisture is allowed into your home.
If you’ve noticed peeling paint or wall damage from a roof leak, it’s important to make sure the materials are thoroughly dry and repaired before repainting. In this post from The Construction Group in Minnesota, we’re covering the main reasons you may need sheetrock repair to help you best protect your home and everyone in it. To get in touch with our sheetrock repair services, give us a call today.
WHAT IS SHEETROCK?
When sheetrock, another word for drywall, was first marketed, it was something of a revelation due to its affordable production. That’s why, generally speaking, homes built after 1930 use sheetrock whereas homes built before its mass production were built using plaster. While sheetrock is highly resistant to fire, it is fairly vulnerable to certain types of damage including impact and water damage.
These are the most common signs your home needs sheetrock repair services!
Mushy or Damp Walls
Drywall can be notoriously difficult to dry when it gets wet. If you notice wet drywall in your home, it’s important to identify the source of the leak as soon as possible to prevent additional moisture from getting into your home. If your drywall has been wet for more than a day or two, the wet materials should be removed and replaced.
Peeling Paint or Wallpaper
While peeling wallpaper or paint can be a sign of humidity, it also indicates the presence of moisture below the surface of the wall covering. If you suspect your home has excess humidity that’s affecting your drywall, try to identify the source of the problem before making the appropriate drywall repairs for best results.
If you’ve got a ceiling stain, you’ve most likely got an attic leak. Attic leaks can be caused by problems with your roof shingles, underlayment, flashing, or seals. Have your roof inspected and conduct any necessary roof repairs, and then have your ceiling repaired right away. If you’ve got older ceiling stains, don’t assume because the sheetrock is dry that you can simply paint over it. It’s always safer to remove any sheetrock once it’s been exposed to moisture for a lengthy period.
Mold is one of the most common household health hazards, leading to a wide range of respiratory and neurological problems. Because of the way mold proliferates, it can easily begin to spread throughout your home invisibly with only just a single spore. It can also damage your home furnishings as it spreads. That’s why any amount of mold should be removed right away.
Even if you can’t visibly identify signs of mold, a musty mildew smell near sheetrock that’s been exposed to water is a sign that mold is there. For the health of everyone living in your home, have it removed right away.
Holes in the Wall From Door Knobs, Furniture Moving, or Other Incidents
Accidents happen, especially when you’ve got a busy household. Whether you slammed a door into the wall and knocked out a hole or cracked the sheetrock moving your new bed in, any hole in your walls is an invitation to cold drafts. Have these repaired right away.
Sometimes, contractors in a hurry can leave bulges and bumps in the drywall where the studs are. But you don’t have to live with someone else’s shoddy workmanship when it can easily be removed and seamlessly replaced.
Cracks Due to Settling
Over time, every home will settle to some degree. Depending on the age of a home, the soil in a given area, and any foundation issues the home may have, the degree of settling can vary. But over time, settling can cause cracks to form in the sheetrock. These are easy to repair, so give us a call!
Damage From Insects or Small Animals
Whether you’ve had squirrels burrow into your attic and damage your walls and ceiling or you’ve dealt with field mice, once your sheetrock becomes damaged, animals will keep coming back to it. And the worse the sheetrock damage becomes, the more space there will be for small animals to continue getting into your home.
POSTPONING SHEETROCK REPAIR
It’s easy to put off sheetrock repair services when the damage or hole isn’t obvious. Maybe it’s in a less-trafficked location in your home, or perhaps you can hide it by simply leaving the door open. But sheetrock serves more than just an aesthetic function. It’s also part of your home’s insulation system and helps to regulate the temperature in your home.
Damage to your sheetrock can cause heat to leave your home, hiking up your home energy costs. And damaged drywall also leaves your home vulnerable to future intrusions from pests and small critters.
SCHEDULE YOUR TWIN CITIES SHEETROCK REPAIR SERVICE
Why continue to ignore the hole in your wall when sheetrock repair is convenient and affordable? Call The Construction Group in Woodbury to schedule your sheetrock repair services at 651-731-5857 or contact us online to get a free quote today.