Top Questions Concerning Diagnosing And Removing Water Damaged Dry Wall

Posted on: 26 January 2015

When water makes its way inside the house, the thirstiest components of the home absorb high amounts of moisture. Unfortunately, this moisture is not always easy to see because it is concealed out of sight. One place that moisture can hide is in the drywall that you have in every room of the home. The super absorbent, porous material in the inner core of drywall makes it an ideal place for water. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning finding and removing this problem during water damage restoration.

What is the easiest way to tell if drywall has been damaged internally by water?

Drywall often boasts a protective layer of water-repelling paper on either side. Therefore, wet drywall may not always be easy to spot. The soft and porous gypsum core is where the proof lies. If you suspect that a certain wall has been compromised by water, it is a good idea to grab a drill fitted with a small bit and drill a good sized hole in an inconspicuous area.

When you break through the exterior layer, pay close attention to the soft material that lies inside. Water damage contractors often use an infrared scanner to find additional moisture hat may be hiding in the wall as well.

Can drywall be appropriately dried without completely removing it?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make after a flood is to assume that the drywall will just dry on its own without removal. Your drywall may even look dry, or feel dry to the touch, but hidden water inside can easily lead to mold issues. Water damage restoration professionals will almost always have to remove existing drywall an replace it.

Is it true that some paint can protect drywall from water damage?

It is actually a common misconception that oil-based latex paint will protect drywall in the event that water becomes problem in a certain space. While this paint does deter water from the surface, drywall often wicks water up from the base at the floor line or even from above. Therefore, the paint really does not do anything to protect the drywall in extreme situations. At best, a little additional moisture in the air can be deterred, but that is about it.

Long after flood waters have subsided, moisture can be hidden in the walls of your home. The only way to achieve full restoration is to ensure that all excess moisture in the home is cleared and in many cases, this moisture is hiding all around you in the drywall. If you want more help on how to protect yourself from the effects of wet drywall, contact a company like Central Flood Management Inc. for help.