Water damage can cause some of the most time-consuming and difficult repair jobs in your home. Drywall, for one, can soak up flood water like a sponge. Thus, what looks like a 2’ x 3’ area damaged by water may actually be 6’ x 6’. When dry wall is soaked in water, you must cut out the affected area.
Drywall water damage is common in condos as well or tall buildings. This usually happens when one of the units above has water-related issues that affect the units located directly below. Water sprays or seeps down through the floor, affecting the ceiling of the unit underneath. When this happens, the entire ceiling, or even the walls, may require replacement.
In older structures, repair of drywall water damage is often more complicated. This is because a lot of old buildings have plaster walls, and repair of this type of material is more difficult simply because of the thickness of the plaster. Repairing plaster walls is similar to the repair process used in drywall repair.
For damaged plaster, cut out the water-damaged plaster (often ¾” to 1 ½” thick). Using drywall, continue the repair by shimming the cut out area with 5/8”, ½”, or ¼” thick drywall. You can sometimes install ¼” sheets of drywall on top of the whole area far a spanking new wall or ceiling.
Re-piping and slab leak jobs are another usual type of drywall repair. It sometimes involves 1 or 2 patches of drywall or up to 30 or more patches throughout your home.
Drywall patchwork is one of the services we expertly provide. In various projects, our electricians, plumber, and contractors often cut holes in drywall or move walls. This is sometimes necessary when working on leaking pipes or to re-route wires.
After performing the necessary repair work, the affected areas often require texture and patchwork. Drywall patchwork is done to bring the walls back to their pre-damage condition.
When there are multiple holes to repair, it is usually a more efficient solution to cut out a single big area, instead of patching up numerous small areas. In the case of water damaged drywall, the wet portion should be cut out, and left to dry for several days. Once completely dry, you can insulate the area if necessary, then proceed with the patchwork. Majority of drywall patchwork projects are completed within two days or less.
In older communities, plaster repair is quite common. The material is widely used decades ago, and not a lot of modern homes use it. You can expect that most plaster walls or ceilings still existing today have received their fair share of wear and tear.
An effective plaster ceiling or old wall repair method is to install a ¼” thick drywall over the affected areas. Some companies still use tape and joint compound for repairing plaster cracks. However, this method may not work, depending on the severity of the damage. If plaster repair is not done properly, the material will just continue to chip off and flake, resulting to more repairs in the future.
Once done, a drywall repair is usually followed by texture application. Texture is classified in 2 basic types: spray texture and hand texture. An acoustic popcorn removal job is often followed by the application by hand of a smooth skip texture. However, a lot of walls are better sprayed, instead. Common spray textures include knock down and orange peel.
Although a drywall texture match isn’t rocket science, you’ll know right away when a texture job is poorly done – especially if you know what a well done texture match looks like. It’s simply magic!
Usually, a drywall texture upgrade involves coating over an existing knock down or orange peel texture. While this process is both time consuming and labor intensive, it offers a stark difference to the ceilings’ and walls’ appearance. Smooth ceilings and walls provide your home with a more bespoke look. When doing wall retexturing, a lot of people also opt to replace the square corners with the more contemporary bullnose style corners.
Getting rid of an unsightly popcorn ceiling is among the best cosmetic upgrades you can provide an older home. In general, it is just a straightforward process that can be done in a single day. After prepping the area properly, we can dismantle the old popcorn ceiling, work on the drywall, and apply ne drywall feature that results to practically no mess or dust.
Steps in Removing Popcorn Ceiling
The acoustic popcorn ceiling is gone! In its place, you have a new, beautiful ceiling.