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Do You Need To Replace Wet Sheetrock?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do You Need To Replace Wet Sheetrock? Sheetrock replaced due to water damage in a West Jordan, UT home

3 Levels of Moisture and How They Influence Sheetrock

Sheetrock is another term for drywall, a manmade panel of gypsum covered in two sheets of a heavyweight paper. This panel is often used in modern home construction in West Jordan, UT, to separate a building into rooms and is sometimes used to aid in noise dampening. It covers the wall from ceiling to floor, and when it gets wet, many people assume the wall must be completely torn out and replaced due to swelling wood under the gypsum. The truth is, replacement is not always necessary. Here are examples of three levels of moisture and how they influence sheetrock.

1. Light Dampness

A lightly dripping pipe that causes a wet spot on your sheetrock is a problem, but the sheetrock panel probably doesn’t have to be replaced. After the water pipe repair has been made, the technician can search around the hole to see how much of the gypsum feels water soaked or crumbly. He or she will remove that area, but nothing else typically needs to be done with the wall.

2. Heavy Moisture

When a ruptured pipe puts out a steady stream of water against the sheetrock, you may have to wonder about both swelling wood and soggy sheetrock. Once the supply line has been repaired, your technician will probably have to replace any sheetrock from a couple of inches above the broken pipe down to the floor. That is because when water is available, sheetrock absorbs it like a sponge.

3. Water-Soaked

Anytime water stands on the floor of your home, the sheetrock will take advantage of the opportunity to soak the water up. Once the water-soaked drywall stands against wet insulation for 24 hours, mold can begin growing, and they must both be replaced.

Your sheetrock can resist a good deal of water, but once it has soaked the liquid up, you may have to worry about swelling wood and moldy insulation. If you have questions about the moisture level of your gypsum board, call in a water mitigation technician to evaluate the scene.

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