Ways to Make Your Leftover Drywall Useful

Nobody would want to work with drywalls, except those professional drywall plasterers and installers. Drywalls are crumbly and heavy and it is also challenging to cut them cleanly. Also, do not even mention madding and taping, the only things you could get are dust and mess. However, in the United States, there are about 15 million pounds of drywall produced per year. Nearly all of these goes on walls, although about 15% of that amount is a leftover waste. If you have unused leftover drywall in your home, what must you do to make it useful? Here are some tips we can share to help our environment: 


Basically, drywalls are made of water and gypsum (calcium sulfate), which is spread on kiln-fired and paper backing in 4×8-foot long sheets. Gypsum is a natural mineral, which has great properties that can help your garden or lawn soil. Moreover, it is reclaimable and a part of the drywall sheets, which you purchase at your local improvement store, is possibly obtained from recycled drywall. However, some programs for curbside recycling permit drywall. Meaning, it would require you to do a few legwork once you promote recycling drywalls.  


It’s possible for you to re-purpose your drywalls by pounding the gypsum back into powder form and peeling off its paper. Upon peeling, you simply need to begin at one side and pull and it will come off quite easily. Then, spread the powdered gypsum on your lawn or garden. Even though it’s the same with limestone, it needs plenty of gypsum to change the pH of your soil. However, the gypsum can be beneficial on the soil’s tilth 


In your compost bin, you can add the crushed drywall to it. Even though it doesn’t affect the compost’s nutritive qualities, but it can add the compost tilth. Although, you should be mindful that once drywall gypsum is decomposing, it could be very smelly. 


Once you have spare drywall, you can just get rid of it. But, if you want to keep some, make sure that you let it be stored in a dry space because drywall is a great breeding place for mildew and mold, except for those drywalls that are resistant to mold. Generally, junk haulers would take it once it is already bagged up and broken down. If you are environment conscious, you can contact any recycling companies that are willing to take it and make use of it. 

If ever you have any damage to your drywall, it is best if you seek professional help from the experts. At times, the damage could lead to an even more serious problem once it is not properly fixed. If you also want some assistance for the installation of your drywall or drywall repair Reno, our professional contractors will be pleased to help you with any projects. You can also contact us for a free consultation and check out our other services in when it comes to drywall services.