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by Mabel Warner on Mar 21, 2021

Your drywall is not susceptible to damage. There are problems that you can prevent from happening, but over time, you may still experience some issues that would require repair. Below are some of the most common problems on drywall, and their causes. Find out what they are, so you would know what to do to avoid them, and prevent them from getting worse.

Water damage

Watermarks would appear when drywall is exposed to water. If it gets unnoticed, it can quickly escalate. A busted water line is usually the culprit for this. Before fixing the drywall, repair the source of the problem first, which is the broken water line. Once done with that, move to fix the damaged drywall.

Hire professional drywall repair service as soon as possible. The water damage will not only affect the aesthetics of your home, but it could cause mold growth, which is bad for the health. If it gets worse, it may collapse, which is a much bigger problem.

Holes

You may find holes on your drywall, both big and small. They can be a result of many things like the door hitting the wall or an accident that may cause a huge impact on the wall, creating holes. You can patch the small holes with a joint compound, while bigger holes may require you to cut part of the drywall and replace it with a new one of the same size. Use joint compound on the edges. Both would need sanding afterward to smoothen the surface where you applied the joint compound.

You would also need to paint that part again, which can be a challenge if you are not experienced in this area. It would need to perfectly match the color of your wall. You also need the right technique so the shade will not be different from the rest of the wall. A drywall contractor is also a home painter. If you hire professional drywall service, you can also leave the painting of the drywall to the contractor.

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Exposed nails

The nails will eventually pop if they are not properly secured on the stud. Do not hit them with a hammer hoping that they will go back to their place. Instead, remove the protruding nails then secure them on the stud, but on a different area than the old one to ensure that they will not move.

Scuff marks

These marks are often caused by moving furniture, leaving a stain on the wall. Cleaning simple scuff marks with a sponge would do the trick. However, it may require more than just cleaning if part of the drywall broke.

Termite damage

Some of the signs of termite damage on drywall are bubbling paint, small holes, and a decaying baseboard. Make sure to hire a pest control service to solve the main issue. Depending on the severity of the drywall damage, it could be a simple repair or a major one that would require professional assistance. 

These are just some of the common drywall problems that you may experience. Other issues are dents on the corner bead, loosened joint tape, and cracks. Repair the drywall early on to prevent the issue from escalating.

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