Water doesn’t mix with drywall or plaster. If it seeps into your walls, it will promote the growth of mold, cause framing wood to swell and split, and weaken the structural integrity of your home. Even if you only see minor spots, bubbling, or peeling, take action immediately to nip the problem in the bud.
Surprisingly, many people simply put a DIY patch over damaged drywall and hope for the best. You should always find the leak’s source and fix it before committing to repairs. Depending on your skills, you may be able to fix common issues like a leaking pipe yourself. But when it comes to damage from flooding, roof and gutter issues, or larger structural wall problems, it’s best to seek the help of a professional. Do it right the first time, and save money down the road.
Common Materials Affected by Water Damage
Of course, no wall in your home is safe from the damages that can occur in the presence of water. Drywall in particular is at risk of weakening and even collapsing. Furthermore, drywall cannot always be repaired and so will need to be be replaced. In cases of severe damage, the structure around drywall can be affected, resulting in more costly repairs.
In addition to drywall, plaster walls are also susceptible to water damage. Plaster isn’t resistant to dampness and is easily affected by such. Fortunately, it can be easy to remove and replace. A dehumidifier is a great option to keep dry conditions in your home and avoid the damaging of plaster. It goes without saying that in areas of the house like your bathroom, use tile walls if at all possible.
Finally, the brickwork of your home should also be taken into consideration when checking for signs of water damage. If it hasn’t been sealed correctly, the porous cement used in brickwork can absorb excess water and begin to crumble. If your home’s brickwork has been compromised, the water will most likely need to be extracted before repair.
Avoiding Damaged Walls
As mentioned, before repairing any drywall or plaster within your home, the source of the leak needs to be located and repaired to avoid further damage. You should also allow enough time for the walls to dry out before repair so moisture is not trapped inside. However, there are a variety of ways you can avoid water damage altogether.
In an effort to prevent water and its damaging effects from entering your home, waterproofing the interior and exterior may be your best option. With the help of StayDry Waterproofing, you can make your home impenetrable and resistant to moisture, leaks, and flooding. In waterproofing your home, you have a number of services to choose from:
Interior French Drains– Used for nearly 150 years, French drain systems redirect accumulating water out and away from your home. These are mainly used to prevent groundwater from entering foundation, which can result in the weakened structure of your home.
Exterior Waterproofing Systems– Waterproofing your home from the outside is possibly the best way to avoid water damage. Exterior waterproofing utilizes an impermeable vapor barrier to prevent water from entering, so no problems can arise within your home.
Crack Injection Repair– When concrete foundation inevitably cracks, crack injections are necessary to effectively seal the cracks and prevent moisture from making its way inside. Using a high-pressure injection system, StayDry guarantees properly sealed cracks.
Additionally, sump pumps and the aforementioned dehumidifiers are great options to rid your home of water and moisture and protect your walls. Sump pumps require a sump basin, which collects built-up water from rainfall in which the pump will then remove and direct away from your home—most often to a dry well or storm drain.
Let StayDry Waterproofing assist you in any water problems that may arise within your home. Our experienced professionals can tackle nearly any water issue and prevent further damage from occurring. Contact us here or give us a call today at 800.782.9379.