Can you repair water damage drywall, the answer really depends on the amount of water damage to the drywall. If the drywall is wet, but maintains its integrity, it is very possible to salvage the drywall by drying it in place. However, if the drywall has started to lose its integrity sagging from the ceiling, has been broken or busted at the seams, then it’s likely that the drywall will need to be replaced. Despite this majority there are many Cat 2 water damages where the drywall can be repaired and dried in place.
Drywall Repair Considerations
It’s a case-by-case determination, depending on the category of the water and the overall damage to the drywall, whether or not it can be safely repaired. We also must take precautions to prevent any future damages such as mold growth when repairing water damaged drywall. Wet baseboards and crown molding are usually removed, and if they are salvageable, they will be put back into place after the drywall has been repaired. It is only in a best-case scenario project where you’re able to salvage the baseboards and salvage the drywall. The overwhelming majority of projects involving residential water damage will need to have the wet drywall removed and have new drywall installed.
4 Inch Drywall Repair
There are only 3 standard cuts in the water damage restoration industry, the first of which is the four-inch drywall dry. This cut is interpreted as the removal of drywall located directly behind the baseboard. When water mitigation calls for the only the removal of drywall holding baseboard in place, it is known as a four-inch cut. Sometimes the baseboard may only be 2 1/2 inches and sometimes they may rise 6 inches high, but a four-inch cut in the water damage industry it connotates the removal of the drywall located directly behind the baseboard, no matter the size of the baseboard. Making these drywall repairs is relatively easy, because of the low cut. Additionally, any imperfections will be covered by the baseboard.
2-Foot Drywall Repair
The second drywall cut is a 2-foot cut and is the most common cut in the water damage mitigation industry. Making a 2-foot cut for drywall repairs includes removing all drywall touching the floor of an effected room 2ft high above the floor. When making a 2-foot cut we don’t cut up exactly 24 inches, because that would mean that when we went back to repair/install the drywall it would not sit separately from the floor. Drywall should be installed 1/2 of an inch high off the floor. This way if there is any flooding or any water damage the drywall would be protected from damage, including mold. Surface temperature differences between the concrete and the drywall is enough to create an area with relative humidity good for supporting mold growth.
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4-Foot Drywall Repair
The final water mitigation drywall cut is known as a 4-foot cut. The four-foot cut includes removing entire bottom half of the drywall, 4-feet high. In terms of water mitigation drywall repair, this translates into the need for a 4-feet drywall installation and repair. 2-ft and 4-inch drywall installation standards apply when making a 4-foot drywall repair. Installing drywall 1/2 inch above the surface floor help to protect it from future water damage and mold growth.
Drywall Repair Finishes
Sometime the drywall is effected above 4-foot. In these situation it is standard to remove the entire effected wall. There is no standard 6-foot cut, there is only an 4-inch 2-foot 4-foot or removal of the entire 8 foot wall. This amount of water damage requires all new drywall to be installed/repaired. The drywall installation process is invoiced to include reinstalling any wet installation that had to be removed before repairing the wall. Drywall repair is a line item including labor and materials for installation only, taping and mudding is an additional line item. Drywall tape and drywall mud are used to seal drywall repairs, which make a wall appear as one smooth piece of drywall. There are several drywall repair finishes, you can elect to have the drywall hung, or hung and prepared for paint with a smooth finish. The most common selection for businesses and homeowners is to install the drywall and prepare for paint with a nice smooth finish, but this is not always the case. Garage drywall repairs are an example of the exception.
Drywall Repair Dry Time
Once the drywall is installed and the mud has been applied to the drywall, it must be allowed to dry undisturbed. This resting or drying period can require 8 hours or longer depending on the humidity and drying time of the material. Dry time may also be accomplished within an hour. Dry time for each coat of mud must be completed before proceeding with any painting. Dry time is built into drywall repair pricing and is also reduced with the use of drying equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters. Most insurance companies recognize the use of drying equipment as standard practice for water damage mitigation drywall repair claims. The insurance coverage helps us do a great job and stay on schedule for our customers.
Drywall Repair Preparation
The final step of drywall water mitigation drywall repair is to paint and or install baseboards, crown mold, and any other finishing materials that’s needed to be removed. Finish materials are painted to remove any damage or to minimize the appearance of any damage or replaced if they have been too heavily damaged. Once the water mitigation drywall repairs are completed, the effected room will look brand new. Remember, drywall can suffer minor damage over time in the form of cracks and dents. These small damages need to be addressed to have the entire room match. It’s standard for homeowners’ insurance to pay for these repairs and often this means you’re getting all new drywall.
Drywall Repairs and Painting
Once the walls and finishing material are prepared, we can then paint the walls. The most common drywall paint job includes 3 coats of paint. The first coat is a primer designed to ready the walls for paint. The second and third coats are used to “color paint the walls”. Some paint jobs require more than 3 coats.
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Metrix Restoration is looking to gain your business and your trust as a water damage mitigation drywall repair contractor. If you or somebody you know is in need of drywall repair or reinstallation due to water damage, choose Metrix over the Matter because the Power to Change the Matter is in the Metrix.