The core of drywall is actually made of gypsum. One reason this substance is used is to provide some protection during fires as gypsum is noncombustible. Normally, this provides some extra strength and the board remains strong under normal conditions. In most cases, drywall can tolerate most types of normal wear and tear without suffering damage. Drywall which becomes structurally compromised can be replaced with a new section as part of a home remodeling project. However, Redwood City home remodeling professionals have had the opportunity of seeing drywall that has become damaged and in need of repair. There are several things that can cause damage to occur to drywall.
There are many ways for drywall to be exposed to water: flood water, leaky roofs or pipes that burst are all examples of the way water can seep into a home and cause damage to the drywall surfaces. Flood waters can be the worst of these since it can carry with it a lot of silt, mud or other types of contaminants that are difficult to get rid of. When drywall is damaged by water seepage, it is important to look past the initial damage and realize that the damage can be much deeper than it first appears. Even if the wall board dries completely, there can be other lingering problems such as fungi or mold growth which can also be very hazardous to the human respiratory system and cause a variety of health related problems.
Structure Settling and Stress Cracks
Over time it is a natural process for structures like houses to settle. This is a rather natural occurrence, but it can also happen as the result of an earthquake or the ground moving or shaking beneath the structure. When a house endures this type of pressure, stress cracks can occur along any seam where drywall and any other hard surface join. Cracks usually happen when in these joints, but a stress crack can also occur in sections of drywall where no joint exists.
Bumps and Crashes
Drywall can also become damaged through normal wear and tear and the types of bumps that come from living in a home. Moving a piece of furniture from one area to another can end up with a damaging bump to the wall. If an individual trips or falls it is possible for a hole to occur in the drywall, especially over an area where there is no stud directly behind the area for support. These areas can be repaired by cutting out a section of drywall and replacing it with a fresh piece of drywall material. It will need plaster to hide the seams and then it will need to be painted with the same paint or finish as the rest of the wall has.
Pests that can Wreak Havoc
It is possible for many different types of pests to make their home in the wall of a house. Over time, this invasion can cause the drywall to deteriorate. While most pests like roaches, termites, ants or even mice will not have an immediately noticeable effect on the wall or structure; there are usually the obvious signs that pests inhabit a house. Termites and other pests are usually detectable due to the fecal material that is left on window sills or along baseboards. Sometimes the first noticeable sign is wood rot or holes that occur in drywall. A professional pest control company or home remodeling contractor will easily spot what the problem is and can make suggestions on what type of action needs to be taken to prevent further damage.