It’s essential to inspect your drywall, the layer covering the interior walls and ceiling, after a flood. It almost always sustains some form of water damage after major flooding. The most important question is whether you can salvage it. The answer? It depends on the extent of moisture damage. The fire restoration experts at Action Restoration elaborate further below.
Slightly Damp Drywall
Slightly damp drywall shouldn’t be a cause for concern so long as it’s dried as soon as possible. If the slight dampening is caused by a minor leak, plug the leak right away and point a fan at the damp parts of the drywall. However, if parts of the drywall begin to sag, you need to replace these soggy sections with a new sheet of drywall.
Gypsum, the material that makes up your drywall, can absorb and hold a large amount of water. If it absorbs too much water, your drywall starts to sag or bulge. Any sign of deformation indicates the drywall is unsalvageable. Water removal professionals recommend replacing deformed drywall as soon as possible, as they can collapse, not to mention mold can start to form on damp drywall if it isn’t replaced within 48 hours. Left unattended, mold can affect other parts of your home and become a health hazard for those with respiratory conditions.
Drenched Green Board Drywall
What about green board drywall? The green coating on this kind of drywall is water-resistant but not waterproof, so it isn’t fully protected against long-term water damage. The only way to know if your green board drywall has sustained water damage is to have an experienced contractor take a look at it.
Action Restoration, a family-run full-service restoration company with more than a decade of experience, offers professional flood and fire damage restoration services. To get help with mold or flood damage, call us at (616) 200-8946 or leave us a message here.