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Common Drywall Issues (and How to Fix Them)

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Common Drywall Damages

Drywall damage can happen anywhere and anyplace. Whether it’s from your pesky cat clawing at the wall or a leaky bathroom causing water damage, impaired drywall harms the beauty and threatens the structural integrity of your home. Save yourself time and frustration with these handy tips for dealing with common drywall issues.

Scuff Marks

Purchasing new furniture for your living spaces is always a refreshing experience—until you see all the scuff marks left behind from the installation. Scuff marks can occur when large furniture comes too close to a wall, and depending on the furniture and the force of the hit, the resulting marks can be small or large in size.

The good news is, scuff marks are purely cosmetic and fairly easy to remove. First try using a simple cleaning sponge and water to wipe away the streaks. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can progress to a slightly stronger cleaning agent like soap or baking soda. If the marks still aren’t gone, a drywall professional would be happy to help.

Water Damage

Leaks are another common household issue that many homeowners fear, and for good reason. Water damage can cause staining, discoloration, and even mold contamination in drywall if not treated properly. However, you can avoid the need for a full drywall replacement if you catch the leak quickly and act fast enough.

For minor incidents that only involve brief periods of water exposure, it may suffice to wipe the drywall with a water-absorbent towel and use a fan to facilitate complete drying. In the event that your drywall does become heavily saturated, you may be in need of a drywall replacement. A drywall replacement is a more complex procedure that involves removing the existing drywall, replacing it with new drywall, and applying fresh joint compound and tape to the joints. The entire process can take as little as one day or as long as several days, so to ensure the best outcome, you may want to contact a professional.

Nail Holes

It should come as no surprise that nail damage is some of the most common damage that occurs on walls. After all, everyone loves to decorate their home with wall decor! However, the repetitive motion of taking the nail in and out of the wall to update your decor yearly or seasonally can cause nail holes to develop and grow in size over time. Tackle nail holes yourself by using a putty knife and some spackle to fill in the gaps. When you’re done, use sandpaper to smooth over the repair area and apply a fresh coat of paint to finish the job.

Termite Damage

Termite damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Termites are known to damage a home’s structure and strength, and if not noticed right away, can lead to expensive repairs. Some signs that your home has become a termite hideout include:

  • Blisters in your wood flooring
  • Swarms of white ants
  • Hallowed or damaged wood
  • Uneven or bubbling paint
  • Paint peeling from your walls

Once you discover termites in your home, the first step is call a local exterminator to remove them immediately. Once the termites have been eliminated, contact a local drywall professional to repair and replace the damaged drywall.

Cracks

Although cracks may seem like a minor drywall repair, they can develop into major issues if not taken care of right away. While some are mostly cosmetic in nature, cracks can be an indication of a misplaced seam or more severe issue, especially if the crack is located above the corner of a window or a door. These structural problems can create weak points, which in turn can cause your windows or door frames to expand and shift over time. Cracks can develop in many different areas and for many different reasons. To be certain you are addressing the problem correctly, call a professional who can point out exactly where the problem lies and how to best resolve it.
With these simple and easy tips, you have what you need to save valuable time and money on some of the most common issues that can affect your home’s drywall. When in doubt, contact a local drywall specialist for professional help!

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