Sheetrock, also known as drywall, makes up the majority of your Dallas home's surfaces. This material is very popular for a reason. It possesses numerous benefits, including being lightweight, easy to transport, efficient to install and is fire resistant.
The above qualities are why Sheetrock was quick to replace other building materials, like plaster, when it was invented in 1916. Marketed as the “poor man's plaster,” drywall is much less expensive to produce. In fact, it's rare to see plaster these days unless your home predates the 1930s.
Drywall is made out of two sheets of paper that sandwich a lining of gypsum—a sulfate mineral that gives Sheetrock its fire-resistant quality. Although Sheetrock technically refers to a brand name of drywall, colloquially both mean the same thing. Sometimes, it's also called wall board or plaster board. The latter is a bit of a misnomer as drywall doesn't actually contain any plaster.
Despite its numerous benefits, wall board's primary drawback is that it's easily damaged. As a homeowner, it's likely you'll need to hire Sheetrock repair services at least once during the time when you live in your home. (Although, it's far more likely you'll need numerous repairs.)
There are many ways your Sheetrock can be damaged, which we've outlined below. Yet, no matter what the problem is, our pro team at Mr. Handyman of Dallas is up to the task of completing all your Sheetrock repair needs.
Arguably, the most common type of damage to your walls is from holes. Although a small hole or two might seem like a cosmetic issue you could pop a painting over and call it a day, this is not the case. Holes can worsen overtime, decreasing the structural integrity of your wall.
Although your walls don't contribute to the overall structural integrity of your home, who wants to live in a house with walls that are falling apart?
Common Causes of Holes in Drywall:
- Drywall anchors that have been removed
- Drywall screws that have been removed
- Children roughhousing
- Hanging pictures, paintings and TVs
- Furniture bumping too hard against the wall
- Pest like mice and insects
Cracking in your walls or ceiling is not only unsightly, making your otherwise lovely walls look dilapidated and unkempt, but it's also quite serious and often requires urgent Sheetrock repairs. Generally, cracking has two causes:
Settling Homes: The natural settling of your home can cause hairline cracks to occur in your walls. Generally, this is nothing too concerning as it's an entirely natural process. However, if the cracks get worse it's important to call a drywall repairman right away.
Improperly Installed Drywall: If you see cracks in your ceiling, it's likely that the drywall was installed improperly. Although this can happen in your walls, it's much more noticeable in the ceiling and is a serious safety hazard as chunks of Sheetrock could fall and cause an injury.
3. Poor Fastening
When your wall board was installed, it was most likely attached with joint fastening tape. As time goes on, it's common for the tape to loosen. Usually, the tape will loosen because of moisture or age. It will start to buckle the drywall it's holding together. This will be fairly obvious to notice.
4. Nail Pop
Another sign that your drywall was poorly installed is if you see nails popping through the wall. This happens when the nails aren't set firmly enough into the stud. Nail pops are very common, but it's not an issue that can be fixed by simply hammering it back into place. The section will need to be removed before the stud is nailed back into place.
5. Plumbing Leaks
Water damage is a big problem for Sheetrock. While it might be fire resistant, the same cannot be said for moisture. Often, flooding caused by leaking or burst pipes can cause a lot of issues with your drywall—particularly, if your plumbing is old or improperly installed. Signs that you might have a leak somewhere in your wall include:
- Peeling wallpaper or paint
- Cracks on the ceiling
- Bulging drywall
- Water stains on the ceiling
- Musty/moldy smells
- Damp/mushy walls
- Obvious mold and mildew on walls, ceiling and floors
6. Poor Ventilation
Improper ventilation can also cause problems with your walls, requiring you to hire a Sheetrock repair service. Although the effects may not be as quick as a plumbing leak, moisture and humidity in poorly ventilated rooms can likewise cause your walls to deteriorate. Signs that your home is not adequately ventilated include:
- Signs of mold
- Condensation on your windows
- Musty smells
- More dust than usual
- Damp or moist surfaces
- Uncomfortable interior temperatures
- Poor airflow
- You haven't serviced your HVAC system recently
- You don't have fans in the bathroom (or don't use them)
Call Mr. Handyman Today!
From a quick drywall patch to replacing the entire wall, the team at Mr. Handyman has the tools, skills and experience to complete all your Sheetrock repairs. We can also provide installation services, smooth ceiling texture, and painting/finishing services. After we apply the final coat of paint, you won't be able to tell where the repair was to begin with!
In addition to our high-quality workmanship, our team of drywall repair experts are known for being professional, respectful and hardworking. We've provided excellent customer service to clients throughout Dallas and the surrounding areas, including: Addison, Balch Springs, Garland, Mesquite and more!
To book one of our skillful service technicians, we invite you to give our friendly office staff a call. We look forward to meeting you and helping with your next project!