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Common Drywall Damage

Is the drywall in your home filled with holes and scuffs? Do you have any idea how they got there? There are a lot of things that can damage your drywall. A couple of these issues can be avoided if you follow simple instructions.  

Today, we are going to talk about some of the most common drywall damage, whether it is damaged from poor drywall installation or water damage.  

Termite Damage 

Unluckily, termites can create damage to your drywall. The indications of damage can range from painfully obvious to almost unnoticeable. This depends on how soon you manage to notice them. A couple of indications of termite damage include: 

  • Crumbling baseboards 
  • Paint bubbling 
  • A hollow sound when you knock on the wall 
  • Small pinholes 

You can prevent this from happening if you inspect your home property and hiring a pest control service at the first sign of the pest.  

You can safely fix the drywall if the damage hasn’t affected your home’s structural foundation. If required, get rid of baseboards and completely cut out the damaged drywall. Smooth the surface using a joint compound and replace with new drywall. Also, you can simply hire a professional to do the job for you. 

Small Holes 

There are a lot of things that can cause tiny holes. This includes a door that swings open too hard. You can prevent this from happening if you purchase an adhesive backing plate for your wall. Simply line it up with the corner of the door or the door know and you will prevent any drywall damage.  

You can utilize a joint compound and patch over it if you’ve got to fix a tiny hole in the drywall. Utilize drywall tape to cover the hole and press it into the compound. After 24 hours, the patch will dry. This is the ideal time to sand it to smoothen the patch. You will have to paint the patch using a similar color to the wall.  

Furniture Scuffs 

Another type of damage you might find are scuff marks. You can usually find these damages if you moved into the house. usually, they are more minor. They’ve got the look similar to a marker or pencil stain. If you move items carefully around your home, you can easily avoid scuffs. Also, you should not place huge furniture too close to the wall. The issue can be solved using a cleaning sponge if the damage hasn’t really ripped off pieces of the wall. 

Popping Nails 

If nails aren’t set properly in the center of the stud or joist, a nail might often pop through the drywall over time. You should not use a hammer to nail it back. The reason for this is that you might do more damage and the nail can come out again eventually. All you have to do is to get rid of the nail and look for the stud. After that, nail it through at a different point. This will help you ensure that the nail is securely and properly fastened in the drywall 

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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: 

Recycle  

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.  

Repurpose  

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 

Compost  

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. 

Save 

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 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 like stucco repair near me  that we offer as well.