How to Fix Bowing Drywall
There are a variety of reasons why your drywall is bowing or warping. The most common cause is excess moisture in the area. This can be as extreme as flooding or as mild as high humidity. Other causes include poor installation practices or bowing of the wall behind the drywall.
The material that makes up drywall is strong and hard, but, if it gets wet, it can lose its integrity. This can cause it to bow or warp. If the drywall wasn’t installed properly, it won’t have the support it needs and can begin to bow or change shape. It is important during installation that the drywall is taped and hung correctly, giving it the support it needs.
The only way to fix damaged drywall is to replace it.
Take Care of the Underlying Problem
Before you replace your bowed or warped drywall, make sure that the problem causing it is corrected. If the underlying problem isn’t corrected, your new repairs will be ruined eventually.
If the cause is high moisture content, you need to make sure that your basement or crawl space is waterproofed and dry. A company like Airlift Concrete Experts can help with foundation repair, crawl space repair, and other drainage and waterproofing needs.
Dehumidifiers, encapsulation, drains, and other solutions can help keep your home or business comfortable, dry, and safe. A dry building will have fewer problems with warped drywall, wood rot, rusting supports, and other water-related damage.
If the drywall is covering a bowed or leaning wall in the basement, the foundation may be failing. Oversaturated soil can push against the foundation wall with tremendous force. If you replace the drywall, you’re just putting a bandaid on a broken leg. You need to have a reliable foundation repair service inspect your property and determine the cause of the bowed wall. They can help repair the damage and prevent it from reoccurring. Don’t wait to have a foundation repair service in to look at your foundation. If the foundation wall collapses, it could be catastrophic for the rest of the building.
Repairing Bowing Drywall
You will have to remove the damaged section of drywall and replace it with a new section. Using a stud finder, locate the studs near the bowed section and mark them with a pencil. This will help you find the seams of the damaged section if they are difficult to locate visually.
Using a pry bar, pry off the damaged drywall. If you pry where a stud is located, it should pop the drywall off of the nails or screws holding it. Keep doing this until the entire section is removed.
Using a hammer or screwdriver, remove any remaining nails or screws in the studs.
The next step in the process is to cut the new section of drywall to fit in the area. On the back of the drywall, make cut lines with a pencil using the measurements of the desired area. Using a utility knife, score on top of the pencil lines. You’ll be able to snap the drywall, breaking it along the cut lines. You’ll have to cut through the paper with the utility knife.
We recommend using an electric screwdriver and drywall screws to secure the new piece of drywall. Place the new section into the empty area. You’ll drive screws into the studs through the drywall, placing them every 12 inches, along the vertical. Make sure the screw heads just barely dimple the paper on the drywall.
Your next step will be taping the seams of the drywall with joint tape. If you use self-adhesive tape, you won’t have to mud the drywall first, saving you some time, money, and effort.
Your last step is to put joint compound over the tape and screws. Use a putty knife or drywall knife to apply the joint compound. After four to six hours, the joint compound should be hardened and you can sand it down, leaving the drywall panel smooth to the touch and eye.
Keep Your Place Safe
If you have bowing drywall, make sure that the cause is fixed. You’ll want to hire a reliable and trustworthy company like Airlift Concrete Experts, LLC to make sure that your home or business is safe, comfortable and dry.
Airlift Concrete Experts knows that the key to your foundation’s success lies within the surrounding soil and grass. It’s hard to imagine that cement or bricks could be significantly damaged by rainfall or puddles, but the reality is that over time this can present a huge problem to the structure and integrity of your foundation. If you have too much water in your yard, which then absorbs into the soil, it may build up around your foundation, causing hydrostatic pressure around foundation walls. This can cause bowing walls, wall cracks, and leaking into the crawl space.
These foundation issues are important to address because they can lead to damage to the structural integrity and safety of your home, and they could cause unnecessary extra costs that could have been easily prevented. There are several options for proper drainage in a yard, but the best option for most people in Arkansas is a french drain.
The french drain is an affordable and efficient solution to this problem. To install a french drain, a trench is dug unto the yard, and a pipe (or two) are placed within the trench to redirect the water. Then, the pipes are covered with gravel to propertly direct water down and away from the home. This is a great idea for Arkansas homes because of the large amount of rain and humidity throughout the year. Plus, it doesn’t need to be an eyesore–you can easily cover the french drain with sod after it is installed for a polished look.
Your foundation will be protected for years to come with a french drain system, but in some cases, it’s also advisable to have a sump pump for any extra water issues.
Please contact Airlift Concrete Experts for a free consultation and to see what your options are for waterproofing and repair. We are happy to work with you every step of the way to ensure that you are getting the best fit for what works best for your yard and foundation.
Unlike a typical slab foundation, pier and beam foundations are elevated above the ground to provide room for a crawl space. Although they are a fantastic structure when it comes to stability in southern clay soil, they can deteriorate over time. If you have a pier and beam foundation, you need to sufficiently protect it from water damage.
How To Protect Your Pier and Beam Foundation from Water Damage
As a homeowner in Arkansas, the best thing that you can do for your pier and beam foundation is to keep it protected from moisture. Here are a few things that you can do to sufficiently protect your foundation from water damage:
- Clean out your gutters. If your gutters are clogged by leaves, branches, and other debris, rainwater will pour over directly onto your foundation.
- Extend your downspouts. Once your gutters are cleaned out and allowing water to flow properly, make sure that your downspouts are extended at least 5 feet away from your home. This will ensure that rainwater is being directed far enough away from your home to not pool around your foundation.
- Install a french drain system. If your home is on a slope or hill that allows rainwater to run onto your foundation, consider installing a french drain system to keep water away from your home.
Common Problems With Pier and Beam Foundations
Water is a structure’s worst enemy, especially if your home has poor drainage. If water is able to accumulate near your foundation, run toward the foundation, or collect underneath the foundation, it can cause your piers to heave and sink into the soil. Over time, the wood may rot and encourage termite activity. Look out for these common problems in your pier and beam foundation:
- Cracks in your piers and beams
- Sagging or sloping floors in your home
- A wet or damp crawl space
- Rotted wood beams
- Mold or mildew on your beams
All of these issues can indicate that you are having problems with your pier and beam foundation. An unstable foundation is very dangerous for your home, and will only get worse over time. It is important to have any suspicious signs inspected so that your foundation can be stabilized as soon as possible.
Pier and Beam Foundation Repair Solutions
When a pier and beam foundation begins to deteriorate, the affected wooden members need to be replaced. Replacing the structural members of your foundation is a difficult and complicated task, and will require a professional foundation repair specialist that has the correct tools and equipment to perform the job.
We have repair solutions for any issues you may be experiencing with your pier and beam foundation, including steel piers, crawl space supports, concrete piles, and more.
Airlift Concrete Experts has all of the elite equipment needed to support and repair your pier and beam foundation. With years of experience and highly trained professionals, our foundation repair services are second to none.
Call Airlift Concrete Experts today for professional foundation repair for your pier and beam home. Our expert team will identify the structural issues in your home and determine the best solution for your specific needs and budget. Contact us today for a free estimate!