Basement floors often get flooded and damage the drywall on the basement. The drywall gets ruined by moisture and mold, usually on the lower section of the drywall.
Instead of tearing out the whole drywall to rebuild it, we can help you permanently repair the damaged parts on the lower section. DMV Drywall repair team will help you replace the damaged materials with more durable ones to protect your drywall from future damages.
Things to know before repairing flooded basement drywall
The flooding that has caused wet drywall may lead to the ceiling collapsing. Always be on the watch for your own safety.
If the flooding was caused by plumbing issues in your home, it is important to first locate the water source and resolve it before repairing the drywall.
How to repair flooded basement drywall
The first step is to remove the water within 48 hours from the time it soaked. A quick response to dealing with the water will prevent additional damages to your furniture, floor, and drywall.
When removing the drywall, always wear respiratory protective equipment since some drywall types contain harmful asbestos. Switch off the electric power supply system and remove non-affected electric systems before tearing out the drywall.
Remove damaged drywall parts
Decide on the length you are going to cut off. If the water, for instance, only damaged the drywall by three feet, cut off the drywall up to four feet.
You can also inspect the drywall if you are unsure of the level that has been damaged.
Cut the damaged parts
Mark a straight line for easier cutting along with the drywall. You can use chalk or any other marker that can be effective.
Cut along the line using a knife and carefully remove the damaged part carefully. After removing the damned part, take out all the insulation materials from the drywall that has not been damaged. The insulation materials may look fine but it is likely damaged. You can leave them to dry for some time.
Dry the damaged walls
You can use dehumidifiers to dry both the inside and around the drywall. Leave fans running in the room for better airflow for at least 48 hours. It helps to dry the studs and the flooring.
Apply chemical sanitizer
In order to prevent mold and bacteria from forming in the future, use chemical sanitizers. Also, use deodorants to remove the odor. Leave an ozone machine running for a minimum of eight hours.
Replace the damaged drywall
Measure the size to be replaced and how much should be cut from the new piece of drywall. Put drywall clips around the space and secure them with screws. Use tape and joint compound to blend it with the old drywall. Sand the area for a smooth surface.
Paint the restored drywall
After the joint compound is dry, paint the wall to seal it and for uniformity.