If you're like most people, you spend the majority of your time surrounded by drywall and almost no time at all thinking about it. It's something we rarely notice, until it's damaged—then your eye goes straight to the blemish every time you enter the room.
But problems such as unsightly holes and water damage aren't just a matter of appearances. Drywall performs some important protective functions. When it's damaged, it can cause problems that disturb the comfort of your home and inflate your utility bill.
When your walls have suffered damage, you need professional drywall repair. But how can you find a drywall repairman who’ll have the hands-on experience needed to deliver quality workmanship and extraordinary customer service?
This guide will give you the information you need to track down the best local drywall repairman, so you can be confident you've made a good choice for your home.
Want to skip straight to the part where you get a talented repairman at your door as soon as possible? Give Mr. Handyman of Greater Columbia and Eldersburg a call at 410-593-1920 to chat with our friendly customer service staff about what we can do to help you.
What Is Drywall and How Does it Get Damaged?
Drywall, which is also called plasterboard and Sheetrock, is a panel of gypsum (a soft sulfate mineral) encased in thick sheets of backer and facer paper. Drywall sheets typically contain additives that help to reduce flammability and resist water absorption.
While Sheetrock is fairly durable, it can only take so much abuse before it cracks, chips, scuffs, or develops holes. Here are a few causes of common drywall damage:
Regular wear and tear over time
Careless furniture moving and furniture scuffs
Settling of the house’s foundation
Moisture damage caused by leaks and faulty plumbing installations
Moisture damage caused by humid air in rooms with insufficient ventilation
Holes caused by rodent and insect pests
Holes from drywall anchors
Darts holes and damage from hanging photos or shelves
Door knob holes
Popping drywall screws
Peeling or bubbling tape on bad drywall seams
What Can a Drywall Repairman Do?
A competent drywall repairman should take care of the entire repair process. That includes steps such as:
Removing damaged material
But a talented handyman can, and should, do even more. The team of service technicians at Mr. Handyman will take proactive steps to trace the cause of damage to its source then eliminate it for good. You won't have to worry about the problem reoccurring in a few weeks or months. We'll clean up after ourselves and will even rehang your framed photos and curtains for the finishing touches!
How Can I Find a Drywall Repairman in Greater Columbia and Eldersburg?
Finding the right repairman can be stressful. There are a number of options, but how do you tell who's really trustworthy and sort the wheat from the chaff? Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices.
Ask For Referrals
The first thing you should do is turn to the people you trust most: your friends, family, and neighbors. Some of them have likely had to have repairs done on their property and will be able to tell you about their experience. You may even be able to see the work in their homes first-hand and judge for yourself if it's up to your standards.
Check Reviews Online
Next, turn to online reviews from customers in Columbia and Eldersburg to get a sense of which local drywall repair services are recommended. Keep in mind that some bad reviews are written by people with unrealistic expectations and may need to be taken with a grain of salt, while suspiciously positive reviews could be planted to make the company seem better than they are.
The best way to determine which ones are genuine and honest is by consensus. Lots of great reviews with a couple bad apples is a good sign, but many negative reviews with a couple glowingly positive ones thrown in is a warning to stay away.
Confirm They're Licensed and Insured
It's important to make sure your repairman has all applicable licensing so you know they have the training and ongoing education to provide quality workmanship and meet building codes. You also want to check that they're insured with General Liability and Worker's Compensation. Our handymen are always fully licensed and insured.
What to Ask Before Hiring a Repairman
Now that you have your list narrowed down to a couple options, the best practice is to call the companies and ask them some questions before you seal the deal and agree to hire them. Make sure to describe the damage in detail. Here are some questions you can ask to get a sense of whether they'll be a good fit:
How long have you been in business?
How much experience do you have with drywall repair?
How long do you think the repair will take? (Keep in mind this is only a rough estimate because they haven't seen the damage in person.)
What is your general process like for repairs?
Can you assist me with moving furniture out of the way?
Can you find and repair the source of the damage?
Do you have photos of completed work you can show me?
Any good drywall repair company will be proud to answer these questions, so don't hesitate to ask! Jot down their answers so you can look them over and compare.
Trust Mr. Handyman to Make Your Drywall Good as New!
Now that you know the steps you need to take to find the best repairman for your home, we invite you to call Mr. Handyman of Greater Columbia and Eldersburg and put us to the test! We're confident we can provide the professional service and customer satisfaction you deserve.
Contact us today at 410-593-1920, or request an appointment online, and we'll show you why we're Greater Columbia and Eldersburg's top pick for handyman services!