Drywall Repair

Drywall is used as a construction material to create walls and ceilings. Compared to other wall materials, drywall is much lighter, cheaper, and faster to install. Unfortunately, drywall is porous when it comes to water damage, meaning it retains moisture even after the visible water has been dealt with. While drywall water damage is quite common, it’s important to start repairing it right away to avoid structural damage and potential health risks. If you’ve experienced water damage recently and are wondering if your water damaged drywall needs repair, it’s important to watch for any signs that your home needs restoration.

Drywall Repair Process

Here at Certified Disaster Services, we strive to bring the best service to Salt Lake City that the industry has to offer. Our strategy is simple but effective. Our team of professionals will first remove any of your belongings that might have been damaged, cleaning and restoring them if requested. Then, using top-notch dehumidifiers, we’ll fan out the affected area, restoring your property to your satisfaction. We come highly recommended by insurance providers because we strive to make every customer pleased with an exceptional job well done.
Find & Fix the Leak
Water Removal
Mold Mitigation
Rebuild & Restore

Identification of Water Damage

If you’ve experienced any significant amount of water damage, drywall repair is almost always necessary. Be on the lookout for the telltale signs: cracks and discoloration, mold and mildew growth, or even swelling and buckling in the drywall. You might also notice faint odors or musty smells surrounding the water-damaged area.

It’s important to call professional restoration contractors with water damage experience. If not addressed quickly, this water damage can cause your property to become structurally unstable and unsafe to live in. The mold growth can also significantly impact your health, putting you and your loved ones at risk. Mold and mildew can cause allergic symptoms such as difficulty breathing, sneezing, coughing, itching, headache, and fatigue. Don’t wait to ask for help! Reach out to Certified Disaster Services as soon as you’ve identified that you have drywall water damage.

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Assessment of Damage

Examining the damage is crucial when your property has been water damaged. Drywall repair services can be performed by trusted restoration contractors, but assessing the damage yourself can help you know whether to repair or replace your drywall. Repairing is typically a better option if the damage is small, in a structurally insignificant area, and has no mold growth. If the water damage is causing the drywall to buckle and warp or cause mold to grow, chances are you’ll need to replace the drywall instead. If the water damage is sudden, accidental, and severe enough, there is a possibility your insurance will help cover the damages. Make sure to reach out to your insurance provider and check to see what benefits you could receive.

Prevention of Further Water Damage

According to Insurance Industry Research, 93% of water damage can be prevented through the right materials and regular checkups. To prevent damage in the future, be sure to install proper ventilation and plumbing within your property. Clean your gutters and properly insulate your pipes, especially during the colder seasons. This will help prevent buildup and excessive moisture that damages your internal structures. Also, consider other preventative measures such as waterproof structural materials in case there is ever a significant amount of water buildup that could cause damage. Fiberglass insulation is an example of a mold and mildew-resistant material to protect your home. To avoid any more severe situations, make regular inspections of your property to catch any early signs of water damage. Drywall repair hassles can be avoided if you can catch the damage early on.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does homeowners insurance cover water damage?

    In many instances, it is! Most insurance companies and policies cover sudden, accidental water events such as a burst pipe or a washing machine hose rupture. A standard policy typically covers damage like replacing a water-damaged floor or ceiling, and if you have personal property coverage, it will also cover repair or replacement of belongings affected by the water.

  • What is the best way to fix water damaged ceiling?

    Prompt action is crucial for effective water damage restoration! Before mold has a chance to grow, address the issue quickly. First, identify and repair the leak source. Then, contact Certified Disaster Services – we’ll handle the cleanup process.

    To dry the ceiling both above and below, remove wet insulation and any damaged drywall or plaster. Utilize fans and towels for thorough drying. Next, remove any loose portions of the ceiling and patch large holes with new drywall or plaster. Lastly, sand, prime, and paint. Water damaged ceiling repairs can be hazardous and challenging, but our professional, experienced team will restore it quickly and beautifully.

  • How do I maximize my water damage insurance claim?

    As soon as you discover a water leak or flood, act quickly to minimize the damage. Call the necessary professionals, like a plumber for a burst pipe, and a restoration company like us to assist with cleanup, repair, and handling any damaged personal items or furniture.

    Document the damage with photos and videos, and create an inventory list of affected items. Have professionals generate quotes and reports, and keep invoices and receipts for services you’ve already paid for. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

  • How do you repair water damaged drywall?

    If your drywall has gotten wet, it’s important to dry it out as quickly as possible. If it has just begun to get damp, it can be dried out with fans, and secured in place, and painted. If it has become saturated, it will need to be removed (along with any wet insulation) and the area allowed to dry before repair. When it is time for the repair, cut out the damaged drywall in the shape of a rectangle or square.

    Use a drywall or keyhole saw and watch out for wires and plumbing. Measure and install replacement pieces. Tape over the seams and apply the first coat of joint compound. Spread the compound out 4 to 6 inches from the edge of the repair to help it blend with the wall. Let this dry, then sand it smooth. Wipe off the dust and apply a second coat. Let dry and sand. Prime the repair and paint over the entire area.

  • Should carpet be replaced after water damage?

    The need for carpet replacement depends on the water source and duration of exposure. Clean water sources, such as supply pipes or ice maker lines, usually allow for water removal and carpet drying. However, if the water comes from an unsanitary source, like sewer water, or has been on the carpet for 48 hours or more, the carpet and padding often need replacement. Call us for assistance with any water-damaged carpet!

  • What is the best way to prevent mold after water damage?

    The very best way to prevent mold is to make sure everything is dried out completely and properly. Water must be fully extracted, fans must be used to dry out whatever is left damp, insulation that is wet must be discarded and replaced, if the flooring is wet, subflooring and padding under carpet must be removed or dried.

    According to the EPA, if materials have been wet for 48 hours, mold growth may have already occurred. It is best to consult with experienced and certified professionals to make sure mold damage does not occur.  Contact us for mold damage repair.

  • Does water damage decrease home value?

    Yes, water damage does decrease home value. If a storm or flood has affected your home, structural damage such as rotting wood, sagging beams, or cracks in walls can occur. If your home didn’t dry properly after these events, then there could also be mold present. It is very important to find and identify these issues and assess the damage, then have it properly mitigated and repaired. Once your home is restored, its value will be restored as well.

  • What are the essential steps to clean up water damage in a home?

    If your home needs water damage repair, the first things to do are: make sure the water has stopped, clean up the water, and make sure everything is dry. Once it is dry, patch any drywall that was removed, and repaint the patched area, or the entire wall if needed. Replace and paint any affected baseboard as well. Replace or clean the affected flooring. Clean and place furniture or belongings in the space. Finally, take steps to prevent any future water damage.

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Certified Disaster Services is completely dedicated to repairing any water damage stressors thrown your way. Certified by the IICRC, you can rest assured that our company and technicians will ensure that your home will be repaired right the first time. This is because we respond quickly and efficiently to avoid any further problems caused by water damage. Our employees have continually invested in their education and honed their skills with the desire to always be learning and improving. Don’t hesitate to begin your home’s restoration process! Contact us to learn more about our water damage drywall repair services.

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