Water Damage on a Drywall: What You Should Expect

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The impact of water damage to your building is — to a large extent — visible. You will have soaked, stained, unleveled and discolored areas in your property. Most damaged regions might be easy to assess and intervene to prevent further damage but not drywall.

Drywall constructions are the standard in most modern residential and commercial properties. Drywall is typically the primary and most affected building material in water damage.

Companies offering professional water damage restoration services in Riverton are the ones best-equipped to assess and handle drywall water damage. Here are some less obvious issues related to drywall water damage.

Mold Growth

Drywall forms one of the best media for mold growth since it readily absorbs moisture, which activates the germination of mold spores. The drywall’s paper backing also contains cellulose, which nourishes the growth of active mold.

Mold growth in your drywall’s cavities starts within 24–48 hours of water intrusion with no sign of growth on the exterior surfaces.

Damaged Insulation

Drywall on your walls and ceiling typically conceals thick layers of insulation. Wet insulation will not dry quickly since it is enclosed in a ceiling or cavity. Other than the damage to your insulation, the moisture initiates wood rot in your foundations and other wooden structures.

Loss of Structural Integrity

Drywall swells when exposed to moisture. The swelling causes it to pull away from its fasteners and leads to non-alignment of the drywall’s individuals sheets. The paper on the interior side of your wall’s cavity might also peel off with continued exposure to moisture.

All these changes compromise the strength of the inner gypsum layer of your wall and loss of your structure’s integrity.

Drywall, when kept dry, can last for decades. Any exposure to moisture, no matter how brief, causes the above effects which compromise your drywall’s durability. In case of water damage to your property, irrespective of its magnitude, have a water damage expert assess the drywall and intervene accordingly.