Basements or lower floors in any home or business are ground zero for water damage problems. Water always follows the path of least resistance, meaning it flows downhill, and anything on or in those lower floors is going to be a prime target for all the bad things relating to water leaks or unexpected flooding. Floors can warp and crack, and carpet may be all but ruined. The most difficult problem to repair, however, is drywall.
Drywall can be very easily damaged by water, particularly the drywall found in finished or partially finished basements. Drywall has a way of soaking up water, almost like a sponge, which means water can have an effect even beyond the visible water line. Water damaged drywall often presents itself as a stained surface, with possible swelling, as well as chipping and flaking of the paint. Water damage drywall cannot be repaired; it can only be replaced. The good news is that you don’t always have to replace all of it.
Drywall may be effectively cut and partially replaced, with little or no sign that there was ever any damage to begin with. The key is to cut away the damaged drywall at a level of at least a foot above the highest visible sign of damage. A jigsaw is ideal for this task. All nails and screws will need to be removed as well.
A replacement piece of drywall will need to be measured and installed, using screws every eight inches or so to ensure a tight fit. Joint compound is spread across the area to hide the seams, and will need to be sanded down and reapplied until a smooth surface is achieved. Only then will the surface be primed for painting. The ideal result is a finish that does not suggest that there was ever a problem.
At the risk of insulting intelligence, it is also highly recommended to shut off the source of the water damage before beginning any repair work, since continued flooding renders any such work pretty much moot.
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