Most common causes of damage to drywall
Drywall is the most common material to build the walls throughout Toronto, and with no wonder: It’s simple and quick to set up, not too difficult to maintain, and makes it simple to do good insulation of the area. Painting is a very simple and straightforward process, and opening holes or replacing parts of the wall is not too difficult.
However good it is, there are downsides to it too. Drywall is often not as tough or solid as the other solutions and can get easily damaged. Below we have listed some of the most common causes of damage to it and how to treat them.
Bruises are somewhat between a hole and a scratch. They are discoloured dentures into the drywall that are usually created from the impact of a doorknob or similar objects. Before you can put a coat of paint on them, you will have to scratch the surface and add some filler for it to look good. Generally, there is no need to replace it.
Scuffs created from moving furniture or people and bags scratching on the surface of the drywall is one of the most common causes of damage to drywall. In this case, the drywall is very little affected, but it can be aesthetically unpleasing. They can be easily fixed by cleaning the drywall with a wet sponge or cloth, and after drying you can apply a coat of paint. It will look as good as new after that.
Popping nails and cracks
Popping nails and cracks can seem like two very different issues, but they come of common causes. The settling of the foundation of the home usually creates them, but not always. Some of the other factors that cause the popping of nails and the creation of cracks are:
- Wrong insertion of the nail, not in the middle of the scuff.
- Poor installation of the drywall
- Improper fastening
Do not attempt to hammer the nail down to the same place as you will only further damage the drywall. However, you can try hammering the nail down to another position, closer to the center of mass.
Water Damage is one of the riskiest damage that can happen to the drywall. It is important that you do not handle water damage only by yourself because oftentimes you cannot tell the full scope of damage that has happened. Water might have spread behind the drywall and created damage in the drywall structure or started the growth of mould. It is best that you contact a professional to help resolve the issue.
Small holes can be caused by accidents, nails, screws, and other solid objects. They are very simple to repair as all they need is to get filled and painted over.
Large holes are created as a result of the impact of an object with the drywall, where a piece of it has disconnected and dented inside. The only solution to fix a large hole is to cut out the extra parts of drywall with a utility knife and to put in a new panel of drywall while sealing the sides. You need to take extra care so that the new drywall stands parallel with the old one in order for the repair to look flawless.
Termites can bring a devastating effect on any building. The damage coming from termites is common when it comes to the ground floor or even the first floor. It is needed that a thorough analysis is made of the damage done from the termites. Sometimes it can be fixed with just some filling of the holes, but other times a replacement of it board is necessary.