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How Important is Drywall Water Damage Repair?

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 2015


 

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How important is drywall water damage repair? You may be tempted to skip this step in water damage clean up if you can't physically see the infiltration with your own eyes, but as specialists in flood restoration, Clean Earth Restorations confirms that making sure your DRYwall is DRY is VERY IMPORTANT!

An indoor flood of any consequential size will undoubtedly seep through flooring and/or reach walls. Almost any construction in San Diego County includes drywall in its walls and ceiling structures and is subject to damage when wet. Both structural weakening and the development of mold are the top risks.

It's not always easy to know whether or not to remove and replace drywall, or to engage in a drying process that may save it. The key to this dilema is measuring the humidity in the drywall, even inside and behind it.

Water damage restoration companies use specialized and precise equipment that allow them to determine very quickly where and how much humidity has infiltrated the drywall. With exact information it can be decided if the drywall can be saved by advanced drying techniques or if it must be replaced.

Wikipedia explains:

Drywall may become damaged when exposed to water, especially if the drywall remains exposed to the water for an extended period of time.

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In many circumstances, especially when the drywall has been exposed to water or moisture for less than 48 hours, professional restoration experts familiar with structural drying methodologies can introduce rapid drying techniques designed to eliminate necessary elements required to support microbial activity while also restoring most or all of the drywall and thus avoiding the cost, inconvenience and difficulty of removing and replacing the affected drywall.

At Clean Earth Restorations we advise an inspection to verify humidity levels. If humidity levels are unchanged, you can sleep soundly. If they indicate drying or replacement of materials, you will know you have avoided the high cost of ignoring a problem that can only grow in amplitude (and cost you many nights of sleep!)

Questions? Contact us for answers or a free estimate on water removal, restoration, or general contracting.

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