Fixing wet drywall isn’t necessarily an easy task. You need to take a multi-pronged approach to fixing this problem. Here are the four biggest steps to fixing your wet drywall.
Find the Source of the Leak
Your first step has to be finding the source of the leak. Although this can seem like the easiest step, it might actually be a very difficult step, especially without proper knowledge and training in basement waterproofing.
This is also partly because there may be more than one leak source. For example, you might have a very big and pressing leak from a broken pipe in the basement, but your basement could also have cracked walls or condensation issues. The only way to really know is to consult with a basement repair expert who can help.
Fix the Source of the Leak
The next step is probably the most difficult: You have to fix the leak at the source. Although this might be easy if you have a leak caused by a burst water pipe or a flood in the floor above, for example, it will be much more difficult if you have a leak from cracked basement walls or leaking basement windows. You can’t just fix these with a simple patch.
Fixing the source of the leak requires that you fix the source of the problem. If you have bowing basement walls, for example, you can’t just put up an epoxy solution and call it a day. You need to invest the time, money and energy into making sure you’re fixing the basement walls themselves.
Replace the Wet Drywall
The reason this step is after fixing the leaks in your basement is that some people feel like they can just replace the wet drywall and think nothing else of the wetness in their basement. After all, as long as you’re fixing the issues the wet drywall causes, you should be fine, right?
This only holds true if you have wet drywall from something like an unexpected flood in your basement. If you have wet drywall because of an unnoticed leak, because of high moisture levels, or another reason that’s ongoing, you have to fix that problem before you can replace the drywall. Otherwise, you’ll end up with wet drywall again in a short period of time.
Maintain the Basement
Lastly, it’s important that you maintain the basement once you’ve replaced this wet drywall. After all, you don’t want to end up with the same problem. This may mean regularly checking up on your pipes if your pipes burst because they were old, it may mean installing a dehumidifier if your basement problem was moisture, or it may mean something else entirely.
Maintaining your basement health is, of course, something you should be doing at all times. It’s vital that you keep your basement in good shape. However, it’s especially important to maintain your basement after you’ve just fixed it. If your basement waterproofing expert suggests any specific ways of maintaining your basement, it’s a good idea to follow them.