How to Repair Water Damaged Drywall

Unfortunately, water damage happens. Hopefully you were able to catch the leak before it wrecked too much havoc, regardless you will likely be left with an amount of damaged drywall. If this is the situation you find yourself in, you should know that repairing the damaged drywall on your own is easier than you might expect. Our friends over at My Denver Painter are skilled at repairing drywall and are here today to explain the process to you.

Remove Sagging Drywall

Once you have stopped the active leak, it is important that you ventilate the area using a fan and allow everything to dry fully. After everything is dried, you can begin work assessing the damage. Sadly, drywall is very porous and usually when it is exposed to large amounts of water for prolonged periods of time, it cannot be salvaged. Using a drywall knife or box cutter, cut and remove any sagging, bubbling or warped drywall. Then, using drywall tape and putty, fill the spot with a fresh piece of drywall.

Remove Mold

When dealing with water damage, mold is always a potential factor. To make sure that mold does not grow in your home, you can wipe down the affected area with a mixture of water and bleach. Bleach is effective in killing growing mold as well as mold spores.

Cover Stains

Once you have followed the above steps, you can begin to cover the damaged area. Start by scraping away any loose or peeling paint surrounding the patch. Then, using sandpaper, create a smooth, flush surface. After that, you can wipe the area of debris with a damp towel. And finally, prime and paint the patch to match the ceiling or wall.

And that’s it! You can get patching kits that come with everything you need for the job as well which can make the whole thing easier. But if you have extensive damage or you do not have the time to complete this project on your own, My Denver Painter is here to help. They make sure to always respect your home and communicate so that the project runs smoothly, and they never leave until you are satisfied with the results.