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Home Restoration Tips: Spotting Water Damaged Drywall

by Neil Craig

When it comes to water damage, drywall is especially vulnerable. When your drywall damage moves from small water spots to extensive damage, the repairs can be expensive. The best way for you avoid the expense of renovation and repair is by keeping up with routine inspections of your home's drywall in areas that are vulnerable to water damage. Here are a few of the things you should be watching for and tips for dealing with each while you await a contractor's help.

Staining of the Drywall

Just as you see in ceilings that have suffered water damage, drywall moisture will leave stains behind. If you see clear discoloration and water stains on the drywall, you need to locate the source of the water and eliminate it before the problem progresses to more serious damage.

Softening of the Drywall

When drywall is exposed to prolonged moisture, it softens the texture. If you notice your drywall feeling spongy or soft to the touch, that's a key indication that the drywall has been saturated with water. Over time, the drywall will weaken and lose its structural integrity.

Warping of the Drywall

Any time drywall is exposed to moisture for a long period, it's going to absorb that moisture. When it does, the drywall warps and bows. If you're seeing bows and warps in your drywall, that's a key indication of persistent moisture problems.

Cracking of the Drywall

Moisture buildup inside drywall can cause the wall to crack under the added water weight. If you see visible cracking along the drywall, it's a sign that you need to replace it. In the meantime, adding air circulation can help you keep the cracks from spreading.

Molding of the Drywall

If you're noticing a persistent musty smell in any area of the house, it likely means that you've got mold and mildew growing in the drywall. There's a good chance that you've got water damage in there, even if you can't see it. You'll want to work with a remodeling contractor and mold remediation specialist to help you with the repairs in this case.

Don't let weakened, water-soaked drywall take over your basement. Each of these signs are indications that there's water damage to be addressed in your home. Not only will you need to address the water problem, but you're going to want to talk with a water damage restoration specialist about restoring the structural integrity of your home.