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Drywall Water Damage – What You Can Do to Prevent It

Drywall water damage is very difficult to repair. Water damaged spots usually mean the drywall needs to be replaced. If mold begins growing in drywall, it almost certainly should be replaced. Painting over a patch of mold only covers over the cosmetic mold stain, which will inevitably return. If signs of mold are seen, homeowners need to take necessary precautions in order to avoid a full mold breakout on their drywall. Mold is a serious issue that can cause respiratory issues and serious illness. Here are some ways you can prevent water damage to your drywalls.

Water Damaged Peeling Paint on External Wall Requiring Maintenance

Water Damaged Peeling Paint on External Wall Requiring Maintenance

Roof Maintenance

Maintaining the roof of one’s home is an important step to prevent water damage on the inside. Regular inspections and cleaning of the roof will make sure that water doesn’t seep into the home and on walls where water damage and mold outbreaks can occur.

Protect Water Pipes

Maintain water pipes, especially during the winter. If you plan to travel during cold months, make sure your pipes are wrapped to prevent cracking and bursting. You might keep a few faucets on a slow drip to prevent freezing. If a pipe were to burst inside the wall, the drywall would be immediately damaged and the rest of the house would be vulnerable to water problems, including mold. If you plan an extended vacation, it’s best to shut off the main water line to the home.

Clean Gutters

Clean gutters and downspouts will help to maintain the integrity of the roof system as well as the siding. When gutters are clogged, the standing water can cause rot in the fascia boards. This leads to damage of the roof, then the attic, and finally can cause water damage to drywall. Maintaining the gutters helps prevent a myriad of internal and external issues.

Channel Water Away

Channel water away from the house with downspout extensions that will keep rainwater from seeping into the basement. If water is allowed to pool against the foundation, the interior drywall can be impacted and water damage can occur. Oftentimes this damage won’t be identified until it is too late. This leads to homeowners needing to replace sheetrock, perform water extraction, and work on any mold damage. Avoid needing to call a pro with a simple extension to the gutter downspout.