When you have a major flood or water leak inside your property, you can be sure you’ll have damaged drywall as well. Soaked or soggy drywall should be removed immediately, before mold and mildew can develop. But before you decide to take on the project yourself, it may be wise to review the basic steps you can expect the process to involve. This insight may convince you that drywall removal and installation is best left in the hands of trained and equipped professionals.
Continue reading to review the 10 basic steps for removing soaked drywall, as well as, who to trust to get the job done right, and at a fair price.
How to Remove Water-Damaged Drywall
The steps for removing water-damaged, soggy drywall are quite comprehensive and detailed. Furthermore, they ebb and flow depending on certain conditions and circumstances, both foreseen and unexpected. However, below are the basic, “skeletal steps”, so to say, for taking out soaked drywall. These will give you an idea of what the project will entail and to what extent. In order to learn how to remove water-damaged drywall exactly, you will need to do your research or consult a professional for advice.
Step ❶: Laying Down Tarps
In the first step, you will do all of your project area preparations, including placing down plastic protective floor tarps. These will make cleanup much easier, and protect floors from a big mess or irreversible damage.
Step ❷: Marking the Cut Line
In this step, you will need to locate the highest point reached by the water. This water line is where you will base your cut marks on. Cut marks should be made 6 to 12 inches above the water line using a laser level.
Step ❸: Cutting the Drywall
Now you are ready to make the actual cuts, following along your original markings from the previous step. You will do this using a very sharp utility knife that is specially designed for drywall, gypsum board work.
Step ❹: Making a Hole
In this step, you can look forward to puncturing a hole in the drywall using a framing hammer. The hole should be made in a center section of the damaged drywall, below the cut line, and between two wall studs. Furthermore, it should be large enough to fit your hand through to the other side.
Step ❺: Pulling Out the Drywall
In this step, you will have to first remove the baseboards and electrical outlet plate covers, if any. Once this is done, you will have to reach inside the hole you made (hopefully wearing work gloves) and pull on the drywall until it comes loose from the wall studs. Then you will need to use a flat bar, hammer, or flat-nosed shovel to pry it the rest of the away off.
Step ❻: Testing for Moisture
In this step, you’ll need to assess the moisture level of the exterior walls, as well as, the inner insulation. You need to remove all the drywall up to where the insulation is dry. So if you still feel damp insulation or drywall, you’ll need to go back step 2. Keep in mind, if any electrical cables, outlets, or outlet boxes have to be removed and replaced, you must hire a licensed electrician.
Step ❼: Removing Soggy Components
Drywall won’t be the only component that is soggy and water-soaked. You will also need to remove wet fiberglass insulation in this step, as well as, the drywall screws, nails, and anything else that is affected by water or that will be trashed.
Step ❽: Disposal and Cleanup
When you have cut all the soggy drywall out and removed the wet insulation, you will have quite the mess on your hands. In this step, you can look forward to carrying all the debris and scrap drywall out to the appointed dumpster or truck that will eventually take it to a landfill.
Step ❾: Ventilation
Even after taking out all the wet, damaged components of drywall, you will still have to air it all out and ventilate the affected areas. High-powered construction floor fans are needed for the job, which will speed up evaporation of moisture, and prevent condensation and mold growth.
Step ❿: Drywall Replacement
Of course, you don’t want gaping holes or missing walls in your home; so you will need to replace the damaged drywall with new material. In addition to drywall installation, you will also have to prime, sand, and paint all over again.
As you can see, the process of removing soggy drywall is tedious and exhausting. This is why it is best left to trained professionals who are fully-equipped for the job!
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