5 Steps to Repair Drywall After Water Damage
Blog Summary: The water damage restoration team from SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison shares drywall repair tips for Texas homeowners. Prompt repairs are crucial to limit property damage after a flood.
Steps to Repair Drywall After Water Damage
Residences across the Coppell and West Addison, TX, area experience flooding during summer storms. When this is the case, it’s essential to take care of the damage to the drywall before it worsens.
Neglecting water-damaged areas is dangerous. Without proper water damage restoration by an experienced restoration company, mold and mildew growth can further damage surrounding walls.
When moisture is out of control, homeowners must promptly contact experienced professionals to remove it. Otherwise, DIY mold removal puts the inexperienced cleaner at risk of health effects and ruining the drywall.
How to Repair Drywall
Before proceeding with these steps, turn off the circuit breakers in the water-logged rooms. Also, don’t hesitate to call a professional to make the repair process smoother.
1. Clean up Water
First, clean up all excess water. This includes water on the ground, furniture, or nearby items.
2. Remove the Damaged Materials
After removing the water, get a saw to cut out the drywall with water damage. A good rule of thumb is double the area where there is water damage to ensure the moisture does not spread to the new drywall.
For example, if the water damage is up to one foot, then remove two feet of drywall. Wear masks and eye protection during the removal.
3. Get New Drywall
Once the old drywall is gone, it’s time to cut the new drywall into the correct dimensions. Many use a utility knife to score it, then a saw to clean up the area further.
4. Spray with Mold Killer
Next, spray the hole in the wall or area removed with a mold and bacteria spray. This spray stops mold and bacteria from spreading behind the wall.
5. Install New Drywall
Once the spray dries according to the manufacturer’s directions, install your previously cut piece of drywall. Use drywall tape, clips, screws, and joints for proper installation.
Put the clips up, then use screws to hold the area. After this, tape the edges before adding the tape and joints for a seamless finish.
Average Drywall Repair Cost
The average cost of drywall repair fluctuates based on water damage to the drywall and surrounding areas.
The average cost to repair water damage in ceilings and drywall is between $500 to $2,500. However, this average cost is for significant damages. On the other hand, minor damage can run anywhere from $200 to $500.
Major factors that contribute to water damage drywall repair include:
- Severity of water damage (the more severe the water damage, the more it may cost.)
- Areas of damage (For example, the ceilings cost more than the side walls.)
- Mold remediation needs (Requires professional intervention)
- Drywall labor repair costs (An average of $40 to $200 an hour.)
- Insulation replacement (This ranges from $1.50 to $3 per square foot but is necessary if the insulation is wet.)
Water-Damaged Drywall Restoration from SERVPRO
There are many factors to consider for water damage restoration. SERVPRO puts its experience to work for Texas homeowners and guarantees smooth water damage restoration from start to finish.
The SERVPRO team serves Coppell and West Addison, TX, providing water damage restoration for homes and businesses.
Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 for high-quality, thorough water damage restoration.