After Water Damage, Can Your Drywall Be Salvaged? Determining Drywall Damage

Drywall water damage is one of the most frequent consequences of any major water spill inside the house. Water on the floor soaks into the gypsum that constitutes the inner portion of the drywall. The process may “wick” moisture into the drywall several feet above the actual water level at the floor, slowly causing the material to swell and deform. 

If exposure is prolonged, the cumulative weight of water absorbed into the drywall can cause the wall to crumble or collapse. Even where the wall remains intact, mold growth inside the external paper layer of the drywall quickly becomes an issue.

With timely action, minor drywall water damage can be avoided. Though professional restoration is always best in the case of severe water intrusion, here are some DIY steps you can take.

  • Act fast and as promptly as possible since drywall is absorbing water all the time.
  • Open windows and use fans to circulate air in the flooded rooms. Take care to avoid electrical shock in the wet environment. If you have a room dehumidifier, use it. The goal is to reduce the moisture in the air as quickly as possible to speed drying.
  • Use old towels to absorb residual moisture. If the drywall is saturated, it may be fragile. Take care not to apply excess pressure to the wall or it may crack, crumble or a hole may be punched.
  • Examine the wall after drying is complete. If any drywall sections have warped, that section will need to be replaced.
  • Your next concern after drying the wall is the presence of mold activated by the water. Mold may continue to thrive, particularly in the exterior paper layers of drywall, even after the wall has dried.

For more expertise in preventing drywall water damage, contact the professionals at Rytech.

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