How to Get Rid of Water-Damaged Drywall

Actually, the steps for getting rid of waterdamaged and soggy drywall are a little bit detailed and comprehensive. In addition to that, they ebb and flow which depends on certain circumstances and conditions, both unexpected and foreseen. However, this will definitely give you a good idea of what your task will entail, to what extent, and what to expect. The following are some of the few steps on how to get rid of water-damaged drywall: 

    1. Laying Down Tarps

    First, you’ll do all of the project area preparations and that include laying down plastic protective flooring tarps. As a matter of fact, this will make the clean-up more convenient and secure floors from irreversible damage or big mess. 

    1. Marking the Cutout Line

    You will actually need to spot the highest point of the water. The water line is basically where you’ll base your cutout marks on. Marks should be made six to twelve inches above water line with the use of a laser level. 

    1. Cutting Your Drywall

    Now that you’re ready to make the cuts, together with the original markings from the past steps. You’ll do this with the use of a sharp utility knife which is specially made for gypsum board work and drywall. 

    1. Making a Hole 

    You may look ahead of time to making a hole in your drywall with a framing hammer. In addition to that, the hole must be created in a middle portion of your damaged drywall. Not only that, it should be huge enough to have your hand fitted through the other side. 

    1. Pulling Out Your Drywall

    You will have to remove the electrical outlet plate covers as well as baseboards, if necessary. Once this is accomplished, you will reach inside the small hole you just created (with protective gloves on) and pull out the drywall until finally comes loose from your wall studs. Afterwards, you will have to use a flat-nosed shovel, hammer or flat bar to pry it off. 

    1. Testing for Moisture

    You will have to assess the level of moisture of your outside walls, and the inside insulation. You also have to get rid of all your drywall up to the time when the insulation has already dried up. Therefore, if you still feel drywall or damp insulation, you will have to refer again to step number two. Always remember, if any outlet boxes, outlets or electrical cables have to be replaced or removed, you should hire a professional and experienced technician.  

    1. Getting Rid of Soggy Components

     Drywall will not be the component which is water-soaked and soggy. Also, you will need to get rid of the wet fiberglass insulation type in this step, and the drywall nails, screws and anything else which is affected by liquid or that will be wasted. 

    1. Cleanup and Disposal

    If you have cut ever soggy drywall out and endured the removal of wet insulation, you’ll have a bit of a mess. You may also look forward to removing scrap drywall and debris out to the dumpster or truck which will take to the landfill eventually or contact a professional drywall repair Salt Lake City UT.