Common Drywall Issues

Gypsum board, commonly known as drywall, is advantageous for a couple of reasons. It’s easy to replace and fix, easily painted and decorated, noise-mitigating, durable, versatile, economical, fire-resistant, and much more. Because of this, it’s vital to take good care of the walls and keep up with regular repairs and cleaning.  

While moderate to major drywall work needs to be conducted by an expert and a certified individual who’s equipped properly with the correct materials, there are a couple of drywall issues you can probably handle yourself. Here are several common drywall problems that do not require a drywall repair company. 

Sweaty Walls 

If your commercial or residential property has sweaty walls (condensation), then you might have a mold issue in your property. There are a couple of things that can cause wet walls. However, leaky pipes or poor plumbing is the most common one. It’s vital to have a plumbing professional offer expert assessment to figure out the cause of your sweaty walls. Moldy wet walls will need fresh paint, water leak diagnostics, plumbing repairs, mold removal, drywall replacement, and drywall removal. If you’ve got the tools, you can do this yourself. Else, you should hire an expert.  

Small Holes 

Big holes in the wall will need expert help. On the other hand, minor ones can be patched up easily. There are a couple of basic steps when it comes to patching up a minor hole in your drywall. First, you have to clean up the hole’s edges using a blade knife.  Make sure you narrow down the hole by cutting at an angle. Then, fill the hole using a putty knife and painter’s putty. You can then smooth out the surface using the same knife. This makes it level to the wall. Sand light the area after the putty completely dries. Next, the rest of the wall should be leveled. Repeat the steps using spackle. You can paint over and enjoy your job after you finish the spackle and paint over the spot.  

Missing Studs 

The most popular way to find a wall stud is to utilize a stud locator. Your ideal bet for finding wall studs is to just utilize your own hands if you don’t have a stud located. Tap the wall a couple of times using your fist. After that, move over several inches horizontally and tap some more. The wall needs to release a sound that shows hollowness whenever you tap until you tap a stud.  

Wall Smell 

Lingering wall smells aren’t pleasant. Homeowners can become nose-blind to these bad odors. This can put a delay in repairing the issue. You can fill a bucket with a drop or two of liquid dish soap and warm water to clean odors from the drywall. Utilize a soft sponge and work your way from top to bottom. If you can’t reach the top part, you can always use a ladder. Make sure you utilize a towel to dry the wall as you finish every section. Ventilate the room by opening up the windows.