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Water Damaged Drywall – dry or replace? For advanced drywall drying call a water

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Water Damaged Drywall – Dry or Replace?

Drywall or gypsum is the most common building material in the US today and is used to build interior walls and ceilings in both houses and commercial buildings. Drywall is composed of a gypsum core sandwiched between two paper-based sheets on both sides. Drywall is easy to build with but looses it’s strength when wet. It goes soft and can be damaged easily, but as long as it’s not kept wet for extended lengths of time it will normally return to it’s prior hardness and strength prior to being wet. Water damaged drywall needs to be dried as soon as possible in order to prevent mold growth.

Most times drywall can be saved but there a various factors which need to be considered when determining whether to remove water damaged drywall or dry it in place.

Wet drywall ceilings that are sagging should always be removed in order to speed up the drying time of the materials above it since sagging ceilings can trap excessive moisture and prevent drying of important structural members. Even if the sagging drywall ceiling can be dried efficiently and cost effectively it won�t return back to a pre-loss condition and will need to be replaced later anyway. Wet ceiling drywall can also pose a significant safety issue as it could fall down at any moment, the best course of action is to remove it as soon as possible.

Insulation found in exterior walls can also be an influencing factor on whether to remove the water damage drywall or not. Most times, insulation saturated with water can take a long time to dry and sometimes it�s more cost effective to cut out the drywall and remove the wet insulation. Sometimes the insulation and walls can be dried with a wall cavity drying system that blows hot dry air into the wall cavity through small drilled holes and dries the wall out from the inside. This should only be considered in a category one water loss situation and not in a category two or category three scenario.

Multi-layered drywall can also pose a problem to restorers. Layers of drywall sandwiched together can normally found where a fire-break or noise reducer is required such as in fire-rated walls and elevator shafts. Water damaged multi-layered walls can be a major issue when drying a water damaged structure and if it’s ever suspected then invasive inspection is required in order to make that determination. If multiple layers of saturated drywall is discovered then a decision needs to made quickly whether to remove it or attempt to dry it. If an attempt is made to dry it then a wall cavity drying system is required in order to dry out the drywall from the inside (as well as the outside). If it is determined that the multiple layers of drywall are to be removed and that drywall is functioning as a fire-rated wall then consultation with a fire martial or structural engineer may be required.

If the situation calls for water damaged drywall removal it�s best if the demolition is conducted within containment with appropriate PPE. Once the wet drywall is remove the remaining members such as wood framing structure (studs) should be dried appropriately to within at least 4% of the dry structural standard (usually around 16% moisture content). Framing materials should be dried out completely before reinstalling new drywall or paneling in order to prevent mold growth. Another issue that can develop if the water damaged wood studs are not dried properly is nail popping which is caused when the wood framing shrinks further as it dries and pulls away from the newly installed drywall.

If you have experienced a water related loss and have water damaged drywall it’s always prudent to call your insurance company and/or a water damage restoration company like PuroClean. PuroClean is certified and knowledgeable in the field of water mitigation and can help you through difficult situations like wet drywall. Call PuroClean Home Rescue, we are available 24/7 and our expert technicians are standing by to mitigate your water loss and prevent secondary damage. Call us now: 1-866-722-7876.

Regardless of the circumstances – if water damage occurs from storms, floods or other sources, call your local PuroClean Home Rescue office, the Paramedics of Property Damage. All PuroClean offices have professional, well-trained and certified Technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science services to all property damaged from water, fire/smoke, mold, and other disasters.

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Clean windows gutters fireplaces chimneys High Pressure cleaning services Cheerful Cleaning Garden Route Western

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Comprehensive cleaning services in GEORGE and the Garden Route

Cheerful Cleaning is a dynamic young company established to meet the growing need for specialised cleaning services in George and the Garden Route area of South Africa. Cheerful Cleaning provides cleaning services to the prestigious Fancourt Hotel Estate and has managed Fancourt’s car wash facility since 2007 (see Fancourt’s recommendation here). Cheerful Cleaning also provides specialised cleaning services to residential areas, as well as a number of businesses, banks and schools.

As a company we place the customer’s needs first and endeavor to provide excellent and professional service at all times. Specialised cleaning services, including high-pressure cleaning jobs (for both commercial and residential clientele) is where our expertise provides excellent value for money.

SERVICES
Intensive high- and low-rise exterior and interior window and frame cleaning
Waterfed Poles with purified water for exterior window cleaning
Tiles, ceilings, carpets and upholstery
Chimneys and fireplaces
Exterior washing of buildings and houses
High pressure cleaning of all surfaces and roofs with Anti-fungal treatment
Signage
Gutters

GROUP BOOKINGS
As an additional service to our clientele we have introduced a Group Booking system. Introduce at least 3 of your friends or businesses close-by to our services and receive a reduced rate on combined transport costs. We divide travel expenses between the participating parties to offer unrivalled value for money.

For example: we can offer four residential homes in Knysna a great price on window cleaning, or any of our other services. We offer custom solutions to residential and holiday homes, factories, hotels, shops or office buildings for once-off cleaning work or set up a cleaning cycle to fit your requirements. For a fixed cleaning cycle we can confirm a fixed price for 1 year.

REQUEST A QUOTE VIA EMAIL
If you would like a quote on, for example, window cleaning, simply take pictures from 4 angles around the house. Be sure to include all windows that require cleaning. You can e-mail pictures or send it via WhatsApp to help us save costs, and allow us to give you a fair price.

DID YOU KNOW?
Authorities and insurance companies in South Africa prefer chimney / fireplace cleaning once every two years.

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