Pro Tips for Repairing Drywall in Norfolk County

Part of being a homeowner means you're dealing with pretty constant maintenance. There always seems to be something that needs to be done around the house! And like anything else, from time to time your drywall will need a little TLC. Whether your kids were playing indoors and a ball went through the wall, or you noticed brown stains that suggest water damage, it's important to stay on-top of your drywall repairs.

That's where Mr. Handyman of Central - Eastern Norfolk and S. Shore comes in. We know you don't always have the time, tools or inclination to fix damaged drywall (also known as Sheetrock or plasterboard). And we're happy to do that for you. Read on to learn more about Sheetrock and how we can get your walls looking good as new with our expert repair services.

How Does Damage Happen?

Although drywall is quite a unique material because it's lightweight, easy to install and fire resistant, one of its major drawbacks is that it is damaged fairly easily. There are many factors that can take a toll on your Sheetrock:

  • Settling Homes: Your house will settle deeper into the earth it’s built into as time goes on. This is a natural process, but the shifts can crack your plasterboard.
  • Anchor and Nail Holes: Many heavy items, like paintings, shelves and TVs, are secured into your wall with special anchors. Unfortunately, these anchors/nails leave holes.
  • Wear and Tear: Life happens—and sometimes, that means you wind up with dents, chips, popping nails or holes in your Sheetrock.
  • Moisture Damage: Although drywall might be fire resistant, it's not water resistant. In fact, poor ventilation, flooding and improper drainage can wreak havoc on your walls—making them damp and even moldy.

Why is Repairing Sheetrock Important?

It Does Not Last Forever

Did you know that drywall was originally made in 1916 to replace heavier and more expensive materials like plaster or wood? Not only is it significantly lighter and easier to install, but as mentioned above it is also fire-resistant. Sheetrock is made out of two paper boards that sandwich a lining of gypsum, a sulfate mineral that is non-combustible.

Yet, despite its many amazing qualities, Sheetrock is very porous and prone to damage. Over time, it’s natural for drywall to be repaired or replaced.

Keep the Elements Where They Belong

Although drywall is not insulation, it does help keep the elements at bay. It prevents drafts from leaking through your walls, which might affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. Also, it keeps bugs and pests out of your space, since they can't crawl through holes and cracks into your home. Lastly, Sheetrock acts as a barrier to humidity and moisture. When it's broken, the water can seep into your home and cause serious damage.

Water Damage May Lead to Problems

If drywall is damaged from a burst pipe leaking or a flood, it will likely have to be replaced as soon as possible. Sheetrock is very porous, so it’s difficult to remove mold and mildew that may be caused by water damage.

It’s very important to deal with water damage right away. Mold, mildew and even wood rot can spread to other parts of your home and negatively impact your family's health.

Maintain Your Home's Structural Integrity

Damp or soggy drywall that is not replaced or repaired promptly can also make the non-supportive part of your home’s walls collapse. Your home is likely built out of a wood frame, so it will remain upright. But dealing with a caved-in wall is a frustrating, and often costly, headache.

Damaged Walls Mean Ugly Walls

Keeping your home's structure in good shape is incredibly important for you and your family's comfort and safety. But plasterboard also plays a big role in the aesthetic of your home too. Drywall imperfections will show up in your walls—even if you use more than one coat of paint. Cracks, holes, chips and dents all show on the wall’s surface. To keep your walls in good condition, it's important to patch or replace damaged areas promptly.

Why Hire a Professional?

At Mr. Handyman, we offer quality services for many home improvement tasks, including drywall repairs. Whether you need a drywall patch or another repair task, we're the team for the job. Our service professionals are highly experienced, respectful and hardworking. Also, as one of our customers, you can rest assured that your needs will always be our top priority. Rather than stressing about DIY repairs, trust your damaged Sheetrock to the pros. Our skillful technicians can:

  • Fix Cracks and Holes: Our team will efficiently get rid of unsightly cracks and holes—whether that involves a patching job or replacing an entire sheet.
  • Home Renovation Installation: If you need to finish your basement or complete renovations that involve building or knocking down walls, we can take care of your Sheetrock installation needs. We’ll take care to ensure your insulation and wiring has been completed first before starting your drywall project.
  • Repair Flood Damage: When your basement floods or a pipe bursts, it’s a lot of work to get it back to how it was. We’ll be there to get rid of damaged drywall, clean up the resulting mess and install new drywall efficiently and professionally.
  • Painting and Finishing Services: Our team will not only patch or replace your Sheetrock, but we'll seamlessly paint over and finish it so your walls look good as new.
  • Smooth Ceiling Texture: If you don't like the textured or popcorn ceiling in your house, our team will smooth out your ceiling so it has a fresh look.

Book Our Repair Experts Today!

If you need help with a drywall job, call the pros at Mr. Handyman of Central - Eastern Norfolk County and S. Shore. We can expertly handle all your drywall repair and installation needs. To get started today, we invite you to give us a call or submit our online request form.