Restoration Local Offers Tips on Repairing Water Damaged Walls

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Water damaged drywall requires specialized attention in order to repair properly. A water restoration provider explains the damage and the fix.

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Drywall and sheet rock water damage may be the result of pipes breaking within the wall cavity of a home, or because of overflowing tubs or sinks in upstairs bathrooms...

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to deal with damaged drywall as a result of water leaks or flooding events. Drywall is especially susceptible to this sort of damage and will require specific repair techniques in order to remediate.

Drywall and sheet rock water damage may be the result of pipes breaking within the wall cavity of a home, or because of overflowing tubs or sinks in upstairs bathrooms which cause water to leak downward to the lower floors. Water damage leaves unsightly stains on the drywall that are plainly visible through the paint, and the surface of the drywall itself may be rippled, blistering, or even cracked.

Painting over this type of water damage is ineffective, since the stain will only show through again over a short period of time. Damaged drywall will need to be cut out and a replacement piece cut to spec and installed. It is important to make sure that all drywall is securely anchored down with drywall screws.

Compounds may be applied to fill in the seams, then sanded down using progressively smoother grits until a smooth finish is achieved. A damp sponge can be used to remove any dust and particles from the repaired area. Once the smooth finish is complete, several coats of primer should be added, then sanded down, feathering the coating to blend in with the rest of the wall. Once this step has been completed, the wall may be painted to match the rest of the room.

Mild water stains where there is no rippling or blistering may be repaired by thoroughly drying the water, sanding down the affected area, then primering and painting the wall to match the rest of the paint.

Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.

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