Top 5 Causes of Drywall Damage
Having to deal with drywall damage can be difficult for any homeowner. Not only do you have to find a reliable fix, but you also need to take care not to damage it even further. And while you can always call a professional, drywall damage can still cause quite a headache if you are dealing with it without a professional. However, you can prevent it from getting worse if you catch it early. Therefore, we’ve rounded up the most common causes of drywall damage so you can keep an eye out for them.
Cracks are extremely common amongst poorly installed drywall and usually occur in the ceilings. Fortunately, a professional is able to fix cracks easily, without having to replace the drywall entirely. But remember to never ignore cracks, as they can get bigger and turn into a more costly and lengthy repair.
If you are a homeowner, chances are that you’ve dealt with termites at least once in your life. In fact, nearly 13% of homeowners have experienced structural damage from termites. You can identify termite damage by pinholes, damaged wood or paint, and a hollow sound whenever you strike the wall. So, if you notice any sign of termite damage, you need to call an exterminator immediately.
More often than not, drywall gets broken due to water damage. As a result, you need to make sure that your plumbing is in good condition and has no leaks. Similarly, you might need to check your roof for signs of punctures or water infiltration. Luckily, you can notice water damage pretty easily by looking for bulges and discoloration in your drywall.
Holes are usually caused by anything from bumping the furniture into the wall or doors blowing open and hitting it. Sometimes, our kids and pets can also cause holes in our drywall using toys. If you notice holes inside your drywall, you’ll need to call a contractor in order to patch it as soon as possible. Why? Because professionals consider holes in drywall to be a structural issue that can lead to even more damage.
Generally speaking, most contractors attach drywall using joint fastening tape. Over time, the tape can loosen due to age or moisture and will start to buckle the drywall. However, weak fastening is pretty obvious, meaning that you can spot it early before it can become harder to fix.
Overall, even though drywall damage is extremely common, it’s important to address it immediately. And while fixing it yourself can be a solution, it’s always better to call a professional like Mike’s Decorating and Painting. We will be able to inspect, repair, and even replace your drywall when necessary.
So why ignore drywall damage when one single call can fix all your issues?