When building or remodeling your home, there are so many things to consider such as the paint color or the type of curtain fabric to use. However, there are more permanent decisions like choosing the right building material for your walls. Drywall is a go-to building material that has replaced plaster.
Drywall, also referred to as plasterboard or wallboard is made of calcium sulfate dihydrate and is commonly used to cover the framing on interior walls and ceilings in new home constructions. In this article, we will explore drywalling as well as common signs that show that your drywall is in trouble.
Signs that Your Drywall Needs Repair or Replacement
While the drywall is easier to install and handle, it is prone to water damage and impact breakage since it is made from porous plaster and paper. Fortunately, most damages on the drywall often require some sanding, patching or stain removal. However, when the damage affects large sections of the drywall, you may need to hire a professional painting and drywall repair company to help you with the repairs. Here are five things that spell trouble on your drywall.
Cracks on the drywall are a sign of a misplaced seam which could be a result of an underlying structural defect. It is therefore important to pay careful attention when working with dry walls since they tend to crack if the installation is done poorly. Drywall cracks can also weaken the wall and the structure. They may occur due to too much stress on the seams in areas around door frames, windows and corners. Proper installation tends to limit the occurrence of most cracks.
- Water Damage
While not all water damage will require you to replace drywall panels, replacement may be necessary if the damage has affected a large area. For minor damages, the drywall can be dried out and repainted early enough. Bulging and crumbling could be signs of extensive water damage which could even lead to collapsing of the drywall. Repair or replacement should be done immediately before the drywall loses its structural integrity. Drywall is a pretty sturdy material but it can get damaged when it’s exposed to water for a long period of time.
Small or medium-sized holes on your drywall can be patched up, but sometimes the holes may compromise the structural integrity of the material. In such cases, patching may not be an option. Termites may also make small holes in your plasterboard as they feed on the paper in the material. Scheduling regular inspections with a termite specialist will help prevent further damage to your home. Holes can also be caused by fast-swinging doors which may result to doorknobs denting or punching holes in your drywall.
- Mold Damage
When drywall comes in contact with water, mold tends to develop on the material. Aside from burst pipes and other water leaks, drywall that is in close proximity with sinks, bathroom or shower may get damaged. Mold not only damage your drywall but also pose a health risk to you and your family. The drywall can be saved if the mold is eliminated right away. It is important to have the drywall repaired or replaced if you see any signs of mold. Ensure that you run dehumidifiers in high-risk environments such as kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.
- Toxic Drywall
While this is rare, toxic drywall can cause major health issues such as respiratory problems. Toxic drywall can be as a result of poorly manufactured plasterboards leading to corrosion of appliances such as oven, HVAC system, etc. Common signs of toxic drywall include the smell of sulfur or a smell similar to that of rotten eggs when exposed to humid conditions.
Drywall is a low cost and modern indoor walling solution that enhances a building’s structure and aesthetics. This material is easily available in the market and also easy to install compared to plaster.
If your drywall shows a number of the above-mentioned signs, you should consider calling a professional painting and drywall repair company for help. And if you’re based in Horsham, PA, Ambler, Dresher, Ft. Washington, or Blue Bell, Aspen Painting & Wallcovering Company can help. Book a free estimate below or give us a call for information.
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