Before choosing a drywall contractor here are a few answers to questions I commonly get asked in the drywall industry.
Question: I have water damage to my drywall, is it still good? Does it have to be replaced?
Answer: Water can come from many different sources in your home. Roof leaks, air handlers, dishwashers you name it. Drywall is a surprisingly resilient product when it comes to water and can withstand a great deal of water before total product failure occurs. Once it is dried out damage is usually only cosmetic. Typically a dark stain or hairline crack appears along a joint line where the drywall compound has been dissolved by the water and the tape has let loose. Not to fear, a drywall professional can usually repair the damage in a few hours with little to no mess. Even if the area has gotten wet for months, water will always find the path of least resistance and come out all in one spot. In this case all that is required is cutting out the affected area, usually only a 3′ – 4′ area and patching it in. In either situation cost is typically under $300.
Question: Should I be worried about mold on my drywall?
Answer: The most important thing to remember, without moisture mold cannot survive. So first and foremost remove the water source and the mold is history. Although lawyers and so-called mold removal experts would like you to think otherwise and open up your checkbook, mold is rarely harmful to humans and can be easily eradicated. Spraying a little bleach on it will also do the trick. If it has gotten so bad where the paper on the drywall has been actually eaten away by the mold, then a small patch job to cut out and remove the affected area is in order. Cost likely around $250.
Question: Do I have Chinese drywall in my home?
Answer: Although considerably more serious than mold and definitely in need of complete removal, my advice is to not overreact if your concerned you may have it. It’s unnecessary to spend a great deal of money for another specialist that is trying to profit on someone else’s misfortunes. Trust me; if you have Chinese drywall in your home you will know it, no question about it. The metallic burning sensation in your eyes and throat will quickly give it away. It is obvious within months of installation and unmistakable. My best advice is to call a reputable drywall or building contractor who can steer you in the right direction. Recent legal rulings are very specific in the removal of the product and failure to follow them exactly can lead to future resale problems.
Question: What does it take to remove popcorn texture from my ceiling?
Answer: As long as the ceiling has not been painted, which most have not been, a drywall professional can remove and re-texture an average sized ceiling for as little as $500 – $600. The only … Read More