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Drywall Repair 101: What You Need to Know About Fixing Damaged Drywall

Being a homeowner is both a rewarding and challenging experience—much like all good things in life. Not only do you have a place to truly make your own and fill with beautiful memories, but you also have an important responsibility to maintain your house.

Part of that maintenance is upkeeping your home’s drywall. Perhaps you just moved to Arlington and your new house has residual cracks from the previous owner. Or maybe your basement has recently flooded and you need urgent drywall repair, or perhaps there is water damage on your ceiling.

Whatever the case may be, it’s integral that you ensure any cracked, missing or damp drywall is restored or replaced as soon as possible.

Read on to learn why drywall repair is such an important aspect in keeping your house safe and comfortable to live in, and how the expert technicians atMr. Handyman Arlington can help with any of your drywall repair needs.

How Does Drywall Damage Happen?

Before we dive into the importance of drywall repair, it’s key to understand what causes drywall damage. While sometimes the reason your drywall needs to be patched up is obvious—like when your children decided to play catch indoors. Alternatively, sometimes the root problem causing drywall damage is trickier to spot. For instance, damage can be caused by:

  • The natural settling of your home. Over time, your house will settle deeper into the earth it’s built into. While this process is natural and is often caused by thetype of soil your home is built on or the proximity of tree roots, the resulting shifts can make cracks appear in your drywall.
  • Damage from moisture. Poor ventilation, flooding or improper drainage in your home increases the amount of moisture penetrating your walls. Subsequently, your drywall could begin to dampen—which lessens its structural integrity.
  • Holes from drywall anchors. Perhaps you just moved into a new home and you’ve discovered holes caused by heavy items such as TVs, large paintings or shelving units that were held in place by drywall anchors. These holes are unsightly and could impact the overall integrity of your wall.
  • Regular wear and tear. Whether from kids rough-housing or door handles hitting the wall too hard, life happens—and when it does, sometimes your drywall experiences the repercussions.

Why isDrywall Repair Important?

Sometimes a tiny crack in your drywall may not seem like a huge deal. However, that small crack can indicate a greater problem and may worsen over time.

There are many reasons to repair drywall:

Drywall Does Not Last Forever

Drywall is made out of two paperboards with a layer of gypsum in the middle, which is a powdery white sulphate mineral. Made toreplace heavier and more expensive plaster or wood in 1916, gypsum is non-combustible and much lighter than alternative materials.

However, since drywall is lighter than wood or plaster it’s also more prone to damage from water, humidity and regular wear and tear. Thus, over time it’s natural for your drywall to call for repair or replacement.

Water Damage May Lead to Discoloration

Removing black spots and other discoloration from drywall with soap and water (or bleach) is incredibly difficult because drywall is a porous material. This means that bacteria may be hiding in your drywall. If you have some discoloration on your walls it’s likely the damaged drywall will need to be replaced.

It’s integral to ensure that water damage is not left unattended, since black growth and discoloration can spread to other parts of your home and potentially negatively impact your family’s health.

Drywall Impacts the Structural Integrity of Your Home

While water damage left unattended can cause unwanted discoloration, damp or soggy drywall that is not repaired or replaced can also cause the non-supportive part of the walls of your home to collapse. Although structurally your home will remain upright, fixing a caved-in wall is a hassle—to say the least. Should you spot water damage in your home, it’s important to:

  • Track down the source. A leaking pipe, improper drainage from an incorrectly installed downspout, or a rising water table beneath your home due to heavy rains can all be causes of water damage and require your immediate attention.
  • Repair the cause of the damage. There is no point in replacing or repairing your drywall until the root cause of your water damage has been fixed—otherwise you’ll have only created a band aid solution to a recurring problem.
  • Thoroughly clean the damaged area. Once the cause of water damage has been fixed, ensure there is no residual water or mess caused by flooding or leaking before repairing damaged drywall. Any residual dampness could cause additional damage later.

Properly Installed Drywall Keeps the Elements Where They Belong

Living in Arlington, you are no stranger to the hot, muggy summers and chilly, windy winters. While these two weather extremes have their place in the outdoors, you don’t want to feel the temperature whiplash in your home. Correctly installed and maintained drywall keeps your home safe and comfortable by:

  • Contributing to your home’s insulation. While the function of drywall is not to actively insulate your home, cracks or holes in your drywall can allow warm and cold air to creep through. This impacts the internal temperature and thermal efficiency of your house.
  • Keeping bugs and pests out of your space. Your place is like an oasis to mice, rats and ants looking for shelter or food. Ensuring your drywall is solid will help keep pests from finding a way into your house.
  • Helps inhibit moisture from damaging your home. Drywall acts as an additional barrier to the elements. When that barrier has cracks or holes in it, moisture and humidity from rain or snow can seep into your space. Extra moisture may lead to unwanted black spots and discoloration of your walls and other surfaces—definitely hurting your aesthetics.

Smoothly Installed Drywall Means Smoothly Painted Walls

As a homeowner you are proud of the wonderful space you have created for you and your family. Keeping your home safe for your family is incredibly important, but maintaining the aesthetic of your house is important too.

Unfortunately, damage to your drywall will show up in your paint job as well—and nothing spoils a beautiful wall like an unsightly hole or crack running up it. Since drywall is the base of your walls, keeping your walls looking smooth and fresh means ensuring any damage to your drywall has been properly fixed.

Correctly Mounted Drywall Increases Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Cracks and holes in your drywall can expose your home to air that fluctuates in temperature, which will impact the thermal efficiency of your home. Avoid costly energy bills by repairing damaged drywall and staying on top of your home’s maintenance.

Why Use a Professional Drywall Repair Service?

Fixing a small crack or hole in your drywall may seem easy. However, the precision required to install or repair drywall is learned through professional experience. Indeed, should you try to repair your drywall by yourself there is a chance you could make the damage worse.

The professional team atMr. Handyman Arlington possesses decades of experience in the trades. When you hire our services, you can rest assured your home is in good hands because:

  • We know the right fix for any situation. We understand that each of our clients is unique, and the solution for your drywall damage will be unique too. Each of our highly trained craftsmen have an average of 10 years’ experience in the trades. We have the expert skill-set to assess the cause of damage and implement the best long-term solution for you.
  • We’ll do it right the first time. AtMr. Handyman Arlington, we pride ourselves on always putting our best foot forward to serve our community. We know how precious your house, time and money are, so we take the time to correctly and carefully repair damaged drywall.
  • Our team is prompt, professional and thorough. When you invite us into your home, we treat you and your space with respect. From the point of initial contact to final project completion, we make the process easy and transparent.
  • We’ll help you avoid unnecessary stress in your home. Undertaking a DIY drywall repair job can quickly become a disruptive force in your home. Let us do it for you instead. Our team of professionals can get things back to normal as soon as possible.

What We Can Do For You

Mr. Handyman Arlington works tirelessly to provide outstanding customer service to families throughout the Greater Arlington Area. We understand the pride homeowners take in their homes and are there for you when your new bookshelf crashes into the wall, you move into a fixer-upper that requires a bit of patching up, or when your basement floods.

Our skillful team has the expert know-how to address your home’s drywall repair needs, including:

  • Fixing cracks and holes. We will assess the severity of damage in your home’s walls and deduce the root problem. From there, we will provide a solution for a long-term fix—whether that is a simple patching job or replacing an entire sheet of drywall.
  • Home renovation installation. So, you’ve decided to update your home—and that means updating your drywall too. We’ll work with you to make sure our team steps in at the right time to put up your new drywall and take care to note that your insulation and wiring has been completed first.
  • Repairing flood damage. When your basement floods, it’s a lot of work to get it back to normal. We will be there to get rid of damaged drywall, clean up the resulting mess and install new drywall quickly and efficiently.
  • Painting services. Did you know that our team does more than drywall repair and installation? We also have the expertise to paint over fixed drywall and give your home a smooth, elegant finish.
  • Smoothing ceiling texture. Perhaps you moved into an older home and found the textured ceiling dated, or simply want to refresh the look of your space. Our team will smooth out your ceiling without inconveniencing you or your family.

What Sets Our Team Apart

The team atMr. Handyman Arlington understands that who you choose to trust with your drywall repair needs is important. We value expertise, attention to detail and professionalism and know you do too. Regardless of the task at hand, we take care to provide outstanding customer service whether you require drywall repair services:

In Your Home

Our expert team of technicians and administrators understands that you have enough on your plate without having to worry about repairing damage to your drywall. Between work, picking up kids from school, cooking dinners, going to the gym and still finding time to spend with friends and family the last thing you want to deal with is cracks or holes in your drywall.

Our team will ensure the process of obtaining a quote, providing an assessment and completing the job is a seamless process. Our professionalism, expertise and transparency will empower you to focus on living your life instead of adding another task to your already packed to-do list.

At Your Business

Not only are damaged walls or water stains unsightly, but they also could indicate hidden damage that may impact your place of business. Our team will work quickly and precisely to repair problematic drywall without causing too much disruption in your shop, restaurant or office building.

In Case of Emergency

The team atMr. Handyman Arlington has your back. When catastrophe strikes, we know the last thing you need is more stress. We’ll handle any required removal, clean up and replacement of damaged drywall so that you can have your house back and resume normal life as soon as possible.

Drywall Repair Near You

Whether you’ve noticed hairline cracks in the drywall in your basement, have spotted water damage on the roof of your new home or your little one shot a hockey puck into the wall, repairing damaged drywall quickly is key to maintaining the integrity of your home.

Ensure you are giving the house you love the best care you can by getting in touch with a professional, courteous drywall repair technician at Mr. Handyman of Arlington. Contact us torequest a quote today.