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How Do I Deal with a Warped Wall?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room; damaged drywall cut away Water can cause drywall to warp. Sometimes we need to cut the damaged wall to dry the room and repair the damage.

The Restoration Team at Our SERVPRO Brandon Repairs Your Walls 

Sometimes water damage in Brandon can be a slowly developing issue that you may not even notice right away. 

It can start as a small spot on the wall and gradually spread outward. It can be incredibly deceiving if the damage is not near a water source. With older concrete block homes, it is possible for water from persistent sprinklers pointing toward your house to cause water to leak into your home. 

Should I Remove the Drywall or Attempt to Dry it?

SERVPRO Recommends Removing a Section of the Drywall to Mitigate Further Damage 

During a water restoration project in your Brandon house, it is essential to complete the job thoroughly. You do not want to dry the wall and have underlying moisture lurking behind it, potentially causing long-term issues. It is vital to remove around the impacted area in what is known as a flood cut. Technicians cut at the 24 or 48-inch place on the wall to make an easier installation of panels that typically come in 48x96 inches. 

Besides Removing the Drywall, What Do We Need to Do Before Replacement?

  • Remove the insulation from the impacted area.
  • Dry the cavity using air moving equipment and hoses that direct air into the exposed cavity.
  • Remove excess moisture in the room through the use of a dehumidifier, speeding up the drying process.
  • Spray an EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectant into the hole to limit microbial growth before re-insulating and replacing the drywall. 

Even though a small water-damage spot on your wall can seem like no big deal, if left unattended, you can face long-term damage that is more challenging with which to deal. Time is of the essence. For 24/7 assistance following water damage, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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