What to Do When You Have Wet Drywall
From rainstorms and floods to pipe leaks and bursts, water damage can occur in various ways. But no matter what sourced the water, the excess moisture can damage porous materials and furnishings. When they absorb water, they can warp, rot, discolor and weaken.
What Happens with Wet Drywall
Within 24 hours, affected materials will suffer structural damage, also increasing the potential for mold growth. One building material especially susceptible to water damage is drywall; it consists of porous materials like gypsum and paper. This material can quickly suffer if the pipes behind it leak, burst, or if there is an outside leak.
Drywall is an integral material for construction, so it’s particularly concerning if it becomes wet. If it’s too saturated, it will become weak and unstable, increasing the risk of collapse. So acting quickly is important, or it will become unsalvageable.
If you find your residential or commercial property has water damaged drywall, use the following information.
1. Stop the Water Source
Before addressing wet drywall, the water source must first be removed, or it will contribute to permanent damage and spread to new areas.
You may need to cut into and remove the damaged drywall. In such a case, you can replace the entire sheet or just the damaged area.
2. Assess the Damage
Determining if drywall is salvageable will depend on the amount of water absorbed. The threat of mold growth must also be considered as it only needs a moisture source to grow on the wet structure.
If the drywall is not too wet and free of mold, it can be dried out and salvaged.
3. Dry Out the Drywall
To dry out the wall and eliminate excess moisture, use electric and ceiling fans and/or a dehumidifier. Improve air circulation and speed up the drying process by opening windows and doors if the weather permits. This step is not only crucial when salvaging drywall, but it’s key for preventing mold growth. As long as excess water is present, the potential for mold growth is high.
Don’t forget to remove baseboards and moldings from the affected wall as it will help with the evaporation process.
Get Professional Water Damage Restoration
When you have water damaged drywall, immediate action must be taken to dry it out. But it is not always plausible or safe to conduct do-it-yourself restoration work.
You may be unable to locate the water source or found mold growth, which might be dangerous to remove yourself. No matter the situation, it’s best to seek professional help from a water damage restoration service for wet drywall.
Water Extraction from ServiceMaster EMT
At ServiceMaster EMT, we can provide assistance for water damaged drywall through professional water extraction services in Southern California and Nevada. Regardless of the cause or amount of damage, we can help.
Our professionals have the equipment and expertise needed to handle water extraction. We start by locating the source of the water, using fast-drying equipment to remove excess moisture. This will not only salvage damaged drywall, but prevent further damage or mold.
In the event mold has grown as a result of the water damage, we can also provide mold removal services.