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Water Damage--to Drywall

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage--to Drywall Drywall Water Damage Can Lead to a Mold Infestation in Charlotte

SERVPRO Can Restore Water Damaged Drywall in Your Home

Drywall water damage does not always need to be replaced. There are several things you can do to ensure a successful outcome. Importantly, how did the drywall become wet or water-logged? If the softness or stain is small and from a spill or known outside force, try the easy way first. Using paper towels absorb the moisture and place a fan close by to increase the evaporation rate. Add heat from a hair dryer. If the water damage is too extensive for you to handle on your own, you may want to contact a water damage restoration professional. If water damages your drywall, you must address it quickly, to attempt to restore the damaged area and prevent mold that can cause further ruin to your property and your health. First, look for discolored or softer areas within the drywall. If the damage is widespread, call a professional right away. If the water damage only affects part of a sheet, try replacing it yourself.

The source of Charlotte water damage to your drywall is critical to the steps that follow. Flooding from groundwater that has absorbed into the walls must be replaced. Contaminants in this water will readily adhere to the porous drywall material. SERVPRO technicians can safely remove this damaged material and dispose of it. If the damage is less extensive, a broken washing machine line, a frozen water pipe, or pinhole leak, then this clean water is safer to handle and drying out is the initial course of action.

Get a Professional
If the drywall is not properly dried, you could develop mold and mildew within 48-72 hours. If you notice black spots or a musty odor, contact a water damage restoration professional like SERVPRO immediately. When there is improper ventilation after water damage, mold and mildew develop and grow quickly. Even when you ensure that mold or mildew does not grow on the exterior of the drywall, the interior may be harboring mold colonies. The cardboard holding the gypsum to create the sheet of drywall is a cellulose based product, an excellent food source for mold. SERVPRO's mold remediation service combines experience, IICRC-trained technicians, and industry leading equipment to produce a successful outcome.

Preventing Further Damage
The use of dehumidifiers and air movers that can circulate large volumes of air to get the maximum evaporation rate will speed the drying process. Rapid drying will help prevent the spread of mold spores and mold growth. Standard house fans do not move air adequately. Our professional restoration team from SERVPRO can bring the right equipment, experience, and expertise to get the job done quickly. We can dry or remove the water damaged drywall from your home. We work to restore the water damaged walls to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists. As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. Call us for help 24/7 at (704) 847-8001