Are you tired of looking at your damaged walls? Do you need drywall water damage repair San Diego? Water damage is one of the most common reasons for the need of drywall repair. When water penetrates drywall, it can cause walls to lose firmness and eventually crumble. Evidence of water damage include:
• Staining or discoloration on ceilings or walls
• Peeling tape joints
• Dampness in the basement and periodic water infiltration
• Musty odor, (typically in the basement)
• Loose shower tiles
• Bowed walls
Water damaged homes can develop mold and mildew if un-fixed, suffer structural damage and experience more water damage.
It is important to identify the source of where the unwanted water is coming from and replace the water damaged drywall to prevent any more damage from occurring to your home. At Gilbert’s Drywall Service, we are particularly skilled at drywall water damage repair San Diego.
Here we provide a four-step process for drywall water damage repair San Diego:
Identify problem or source of water
Remove water damaged drywall and inspect
Dry and treat wet areas
Install new drywall
1. Identify Problem or Source of Water
Before your drywall water damage repair is done, the cause of water damage must be identified. The following are areas where we commonly find water issues:
Frozen hose bibs
Broken water line to refrigerator/ice maker
Roof leaks or drip edge leaks
Faulty sprinkler system
Inadequate caulk around vent pipes, windows and doors
At times, the source of water damage is difficult to find. Water can enter in one place and run down to another before coming through the wall or ceiling. Identifying the exact source of water often requires removing wallboard to allow us to inspect behind the areas.
2. Remove Water Damaged Drywall and Inspect
After the source of water is located, the remaining water damaged drywall is cut away and removed. It is important to make sure all damaged drywall is removed, because the retaining water could facilitate mold growth. Wet, damaged insulation and any soft, spongy, rotted wood should be removed as well.
3. Dry and Treat Wet Areas
Removing water damaged drywall exposes the walls inside which allows air to circulate and begin the drying process. Dehumidifiers and fans can also help with air circulation and drying. It is important to completely dry all wet areas.
After the wet areas are completely dry, they should be inspected for mold and mildew. Affected wood can be easily cleaned and treated with antimicrobial and mold prevention products. If needed, mold remediation experts can help in testing and treating your home if necessary.
4. Install New Drywall
After the affected areas are properly treated and dried, removed framework is replaced with fresh wood and walls are reinsulated. New drywall is then installed. Install water-resistant drywall if this is an area prone to moisture.
New drywall is finished following this three-step process:
Tape: Drywall tape covers the seams and gaps left between drywall sheets.
Block Coat: First coat of joint compound applied over the drywall tape.
Skim Coat: Final layer of joint compound applied over the block coat. Numerous skim coats are needed for repair work.
After the drywall water damage repair San Diego is completed, walls are sanded, primed and painted. We suggest painting all affected walls and ceilings from corner to corner to guarantee complete color matching.
Our Drywall Water Damage Repair San Diego Services:
Gilbert’s Drywall Service is a full-service home remodeling company specializing in additions, renovations, finished basements, home makeovers, damage restoration and drywall services. We are licensed by the California Home Improvement Commission, registered as a California Home Builder, and certified by the EPA as a Lead-Safe Certified Renovation Firm.
Gilbert’s Drywall Service recognizes the stress and bother of an unexpected property damage. We provide 24-hour emergency services to put your home on the fast track to restoration. Our crews deliver high-quality customer service and prioritize drywall water damage repair San Diego restoration projects so that your home is rebuilt to its original condition (or even better) as quickly as possible.