Whether you just need a few nail holes filled or you require a patch for a larger area of damaged drywall, our skilled technicians have it covered. We’ll arrive with all the tools and supplies needed to get the job done right, so you won’t have to worry about anything but being home to let us in at the prearranged date and time of your Charleston drywall repair service appointment.
Some tools and materials we may bring with us are listed below. This gives you an idea of what the repair process consists of.
Tools and Materials
- Joint compound or drywall mud
- Drywall screws
- Mesh tape
- Corner bead
- Spare drywall
- Joint tape
- Drywall knife, utility knife
- Sanding sponge
Our Charleston Drywall Repair Process
The drywall repair process differs according to the type of drywall damage you have, but all professional services will begin and end similarly. Your service starts when you first make contact with our team. Whether you call us to discuss your project or request a quote, we’ll be happy to help in any way we can. For minor repairs, we may be able to provide a quote over the phone, but in most cases, we prefer to come in and inspect the damage ourselves. This will allow us to provide you with an accurate estimate. For situations where water damage is involved, it’s especially important that we ensure the source of the water leak is repaired before we fix your drywall.
If, after you receive a cost estimate, you’re happy to go ahead with the drywall service, we’ll book you in for an appointment at a time that is most convenient for you. On the day of your appointment, we’ll arrive in a company vehicle and uniform. Before getting started, we’ll explain the repair process and discuss your expectations for the project. We’ll also provide you with an estimate of how long the service will take, and we’ll let you know mid-appointment if anything changes.
The drywall repair process will differ according to the technician and type of damage. Some types of repairs can be fixed in multiple ways, but you can trust that your handyman expert will use the method that they deem the best fit for your project. Some of the repair methods for popular types of damage may include:
- Small nail holes: This simple repair will involve using a drywall knife to smear spackle across the hole. Once cured, it will be sanded.
- Medium nail holes: To provide additional structural integrity to holes larger than the size of a door knob, a mesh patch will be adhered to the hole. Using joint compound or spackle, the patch will be covered. Your talented technician will feather out the edges and sand the area down evenly to create a seamless finish.
- Holes larger than 3 inches: Your handyman will create a drywall patch out of a spare piece of drywall and secure this patch using mesh tape. This tape will be covered with joint compound. Larger holes in drywall may also need wood support.
- Damaged corner beading: The corners of your drywall are supported with a strip of metal called a corner bead. If this becomes damaged, your technician will remove the old corner bead and replace it.
- Stress cracks: Your wall can crack in a settling and shifting house. It’s best to wait for the cracking to come to a halt before having your wall patched, but in most cases, mesh tape and a coat of compound can be used to cover cracks. Cracking is fairly common with new homes, but if you live in an older home and this occurs, you may need to obtain an expert opinion as to whether there’s a larger structural issue at play.
- Popped nailheads: When sheets of drywall are installed, they’re nailed to wooden joists. If a nail pops out, it will show through. To repair this, your Charleston handyman will add a new nail or screw to the wall directly above or below the popped nailhead before removing the old nail and patching the area with spackle or drywall mud.
The Mr. Handyman of Charleston and Summerville Difference
Finding the right repairman in Charleston is the key to getting professional results. While there are many contractors offering drywall repairs, Charleston, SC homeowners should be cautious because many don’t back their work with quality service and workmanship guarantees. At Mr. Handyman of Charleston and Summerville, we’re committed to achieving total customer satisfaction. Our handyman experts have an average of 10 years’ experience behind them and are passionate about providing quality workmanship to exceed your expectations.
This unparalleled dedication and attention to detail have facilitated a reputation for being one of the best home repair service companies in the Charleston area. We’re sure your expectations will be met when you choose us for drywall repair. Charleston, SC, clients who weren’t satisfied can rest assured that they’re protected by our workmanship warranty. Simply let us know your concerns within one year of service, and we’ll come back and make things right.
FAQs About Drywall Repair, Charleston SC
How does drywall get damaged?
There are more types of drywall damage than many people realize. The first thing that comes to mind is usually nail holes that result from hanging artwork on your wall, but wall or ceiling damage can also be caused by:
- Water damage
- Dart holes
- Popped nail heads
- Holes from door knobs and handles
- Tile removal damage
- Cracks from house settling and shifting
- Termite damage
- Dented corner beading
- Dents from furniture being pushed against walls
Our expert handyman team has the experience, knowledge and training to repair all the above types of drywall damage. No matter the type or extent of damage, you can count on us to fix it according to professional standards.
How much does drywall repair in Charleston, SC cost?
When it comes to the cost of drywall repair, Charleston, SC homeowners must understand that it varies from project to project. We take a personalized approach to all of our services to ensure that each customer receives the highest value possible. It probably goes without saying that a 30-minute nail hole repair service will cost less than a 3-hour drywall patching service for large areas of damaged drywall. Pricing changes all the time due to inflation and supply chain disruptions, but a very quick and simple repair job may cost you under $100, while a larger repair may cost several hundreds of dollars.
Because we tailor our pricing to each customer’s specific needs, we’re unable to provide a price list. Instead, we’re more than happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate prior to deciding whether you’d like to work with us.
Is it better to repair or replace drywall?
We always strive to provide you with the most affordable course of action for your needs and goals. In most cases, this means we’ll suggest repair over replacement services. However, there are circumstances in which repairs are so extensive that they may end up costing you nearly as much as a replacement, or they’re simply not feasible.
When opting for drywall repair, Charleston, SC residents will find it is almost always feasible. However, if damaged walls are the result of water damage and the extent of the problem is major, it may make more sense for you to demolish and replace your walls entirely. This is because extensive moisture can compromise the structural integrity of your walls and promote the growth of organic material—as well as attract termites, which are a Charleston homeowners’ nightmare. If eventual replacement is inevitable, replacing your walls now may make more economic sense. Unless you’re already planning a remodeling project, a repair service would be just fine.
What’s the difference between sheetrock and drywall?
This is a common question we get, but the difference between the two is simple—there is none! Sheetrock is just a popular brand of drywall, but not all drywall is Sheetrock.
Up until the early 1900s, plaster was used to build interior walls. Plaster is installed on the wood frame of a wall in layers. These layers are cured and built up slowly, making the installation process quite long and tedious. When drywall came onto the market, it gained popularity due to its ease of installation. It could be nailed to the wood wall frame and covered with a single layer of joint compound.
In 1917, the U.S. Gypsum Company (USG) patented their ‘Sheetrock’ panels and has been manufacturing and selling their drywall ever since. The company adds a few additives into their product to allow them to call it ‘Sheetrock’ and disallow any other company from using the term, but there’s no real difference as far as functionality and durability go.
What are some maintenance tips to help prevent drywall repairs?
Charleston, SC homeowners are free to ask our professionals for some tips right after a repair. After you’ve invested in a Charleston drywall repair service, you’ll want to take some steps to avoid having to use this service again in the near future. Accidents happen, and you’ll probably want to make holes here and there to display artwork, but many types of damage are largely avoidable. Some protective options include:
- Install a door stopper
- Install wall guards
- Install chair rail molding
- Use waterproof paint on your walls
- Get regular plumbing inspections to identify potential leaks
- Get routine siding inspection
- Ensure your wall insulation is up-to-date
If damage does occur, repair it right away. The more drywall damage you let slide, the more likely you are to ignore it.
How long does a drywall repair in Charleston SC take?
The length of your Charleston drywall repair service will depend on two primary factors:
- Extent of damage
- Whether spackle or joint compound is used
The greater the damage, the longer you can expect your drywall job to take. That being said, most Charleston drywall repairs can mostly be done within a half day. Bigger projects also tend to take longer because your technician may opt to use joint compound instead of spackle.
Joint compound is essentially powdered gypsum mixed with water. As its name suggests, it is used to cover the joints between two sheets of drywall during the installation process. Also called drywall mud, this product is generally used over spackle for larger areas that require repair. Spackle is similar to joint compound but contains additives that allow it to dry much more quickly. This product is generally much more expensive and thus best suited for repairing small areas.
If joint compound is used during your repair, it will need to dry for approximately 24 hours. Your technician will likely return the following day to sand the surface and potentially paint over the finished area. If you have some spare wall paint in your garage or basement, feel free to bring it up and ask us to apply a fresh coat over the repair. Many of our customers prefer us to do this for them, but you’re also welcome to apply paint to the patch yourself.