Your walls and ceilings aren't just meant to fade into the background… they ARE the background. That's why you probably don't notice or think about your drywall very often. But once you spot a problem area like a water stain, crack, dent, hole, scuff or chip, your eyes are drawn to the damage every time you're in the room. It would be a mistake to assume that drywall damage is merely unsightly, though. It can actually lead to unpleasant consequences that have nothing to do with appearances, such as a lack of sound separation, increased energy costs and less protection from the rapid spread of fire. That's why it makes sense to get issues with your ceiling or walls taken care of sooner rather than later with professional drywall repair. Pittsburgh, we're here to help!

When you need drywall repair in Pittsburgh, the east suburbs or Greensburg, you can rely on your local, experienced Pittsburgh handyman professionals. For complete drywall installation, finishing for large projects, remodeling jobs, putting on a new addition in your home, or simply finishing a garage, your local Mr. Handyman of Pittsburgh East Suburbs and Greensburg is the solution to all your drywall problems!

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About Our Experienced Pittsburgh Drywall Repair Services

You're relaxing at home one day when your eyes happen to drift upward, and you spot a three-foot-long ceiling crack that wasn't there the last time you checked. Or, damage occurs right in front of your eyes when a careless furniture mover punches a hole in your wall, or an over-enthusiastic amateur karate move goes wrong. Whatever happened to cause the problem, you can rely on our team of experienced service professionals to get it fixed with professional drywall repair. Pittsburgh homeowners and business owners alike trust us to get their walls and ceilings back in smooth, even condition and erase any signs of damage.

You may need Pittsburgh drywall repair services for several reasons, and Mr. Handyman can help with all of them, including:

  • Water damage
  • Damage caused by pets or children
  • Holes from door knobs
  • Holes or gashes from furniture moving
  • Holes and gashes from picture hooks, screws, nails, and drywall anchors
  • And more!

When our qualified professionals are hired for drywall repair, Pittsburgh property owners can expect us to show up on time, in uniform, with the tools and materials we need to get the job done properly. We'll take the time to address any concerns you may have and keep you informed step by step about how we plan to resolve the issue with the right strategy for Pittsburgh drywall repair. We'll handle the entire project from start to finish, and when we're done, you won't even be able to tell where the damage was originally. Our process for drywall repair includes:

  • Preparing the work area with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to contain the mess
  • Removing the damaged portion or panel
  • Applying drywall patches or wooden support joists for larger holes
  • Installing a new piece of drywall or an entire panel
  • Taping up the edges of the patched area with joint tape
  • Applying joint compound to conceal joints or cuts
  • Sanding down the dried compound to create a smooth, even surface
  • Applying texture spray, if needed or wanted
  • Painting the repaired area or wall so the fix is invisible
  • Cleaning up the mess of drywall dust and chunks
  • Rehanging your paintings or framed photos
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Drywall Ceiling Repair

It's quite common for drywall damage to occur on the ceiling. This may happen when ceiling fixtures are changed or moved. Ceiling damage also frequently occurs from water leaks from an upstairs bathroom or laundry facility or a roof leak that has found its way downward. No matter why the problem occurred, Mr. Handyman can take care of all ceiling drywall repairs, including assessing the likely cause.

Drywall Crack Repair

The most common reason drywall cracks appear on walls is that buildings settle over time. Since the drywall is attached to the studs, the natural settling causes stress on the drywall, which can lead to cracks appearing. Our experienced team can repair drywall cracks so you can enjoy a nicely finished wall again.

Drywall Hole Repair

Drywall holes can make walls look shabby and unattractive. Most commonly, drywall holes occur because people hang things on the walls and remove them without filling them in. This often happens in residential rental units, but it can occur anywhere. Drywall holes also happen from accidents, which often results in larger holes that are even more unsightly.

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Choose Mr. Handyman for Excellent Workmanship and Exceptional Customer Service

If you've spotted some indications that your commercial or residential property needs drywall repair, Pittsburgh experts on our team are the best choice to get it taken care of efficiently and effectively, with long-lasting, attractive results. The skilled professionals at Mr. Handyman of Pittsburgh East Suburbs and Greensburg are proud to deliver top-quality workmanship, proper repair methods and customer service that goes the extra mile.

Call us today to speak with our friendly customer care team and find out more about what we can do to enhance your commercial or residential property with expert handyman services or to schedule a service appointment with our handyman professionals.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Drywall Repair, Pittsburgh and Area

Is Drywall Repair Always the Best Choice, or Should I Consider a Total Replacement?

This question makes sense because there are things around your property that are sometimes better off being replaced rather than repaired, like a fence or door. But that's not the case with drywall because of the nature of the material and how it is repaired. Drywall comes in panels, and when there's a spot of damage—even a very large spot, like where someone lost their balance and left a person-sized hole in the wall—the best strategy is to remove the damaged material and replace just that portion for a complete Pittsburgh drywall repair. There's no need to mess around with the rest of the drywall in the room as long as it's in good shape. At most, the entire room may need to be painted to ensure the color is even throughout.

The exception to this rule is when all of the drywall in a room has been seriously damaged by something like a fire or a flood, and in that type of extreme situation, you're likely going to need to replace more than just the drywall to restore the room to its former condition.

Are Drywall and Plaster the Same Thing? What About Sheetrock?

Drywall goes by many names, including plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum panels and Sheetrock, but that doesn't mean all those names are completely accurate. When it comes to drywall versus plaster, they are not the same thing. Before drywall was invented and widely used, walls and ceilings were made of plaster and lath, which were basically thin strips of wood (lath) with multiple layers of plaster spread across them. Plaster and lath are almost never used these days, mainly because it's more difficult and time-consuming to install or repair than drywall is, and a plaster wall generally doesn't hold up as well under stress as drywall does. Plaster and lath is something of a dying art because few people have the skill or expertise to work with it in modern times.

As for Sheetrock, it is basically the same thing as drywall, with a caveat: all Sheetrock is drywall, but not all drywall is Sheetrock. That's because Sheetrock is actually a brand name that is registered as a trademark by the United States Gypsum Corporation. So technically, the only drywall that is manufactured under the Sheetrock brand name is Sheetrock. That being said, many people use the term to refer to all drywall, not just the drywall manufactured by the United States Gypsum Corporation.

When you need Pittsburgh drywall repair, Sheetrock repair, plasterboard repair or repair for whatever word you prefer to call those panels of gypsum on your walls and ceiling, you can rely on our service professionals to get it done properly!

Can I Handle DIY Drywall Repair in Pittsburgh?

When it's time for drywall repair, Pittsburgh homeowners often seriously underestimate how much work and skill it takes to get the job done right. This is one of those tasks that an amateur could technically do, but the results wouldn't be satisfactory. We've all seen drywall repairs that weren't handled properly, and it's glaringly obvious—sometimes the results of amateur drywall repairs look worse than the original damage did. The other factor to consider is that, unless the damage is really minor, like a thumbtack hole or tiny hairline crack, Pittsburgh drywall repair takes a lot longer than most people think it will, and the time to completion can be doubled or even tripled when you don't really know what you're doing or you don't have the right tools and materials on hand.

We are sometimes called to deal with drywall repair after the homeowner gets halfway through the task and realizes they aren’t going to be able to finish the project with acceptable results or realize it is taking far longer than they expected, and they'd be better off spending their time on other matters. That tends to waste materials and money, not to mention time. You can save yourself that hassle and expense by calling us to take care of Pittsburgh drywall repair from the start.

Can You Take Care of Pittsburgh Drywall Repair in a Single Day?

That really depends on how serious the damage is. In most cases, drywall repair takes more than one day, and that's because the joint compound that is used to cover seams, patches, and corner beads needs time to dry fully before it can be sanded smooth and painted over. How long the compound takes depends on how many layers were applied and how thickly it was applied, but it's typical for it to take around 24 hours to completely dry. That means it's necessary to spread the project over multiple days so we can come back after it's dry, sand it, and paint over it so the final results are invisible.

That being said, if it's just a very small spot of damage, like a nail hole, it may be able to be completed within a few hours. That type of drywall repair only requires a small dab of joint compound, so it dries much faster than several thick layers would, and it can be sanded and painted much sooner.

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Need Expert Drywall Repair? Pittsburgh Homeowners Can Count On the Pros at Mr. Handyman!

Mr. Handyman of Pittsburgh East Suburbs and Greensburg can handle all your drywall installation and repair needs. To experience the quality of our work and customer service, call us today to speak with a friendly customer service representative or go online to schedule an appointment for reliable handyman services such as drywall repair. Pittsburgh, we look forward to helping you!

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