How to Fix Bowing Drywall
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 the 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.
If the wall behind the drywall is leaning or bowing, you have a serious foundation problem. You need to contact the foundation repair experts at Airlift Concrete Experts or fill out the form to the right. A bowing wall is caused by the soil outside of the wall putting tremendous pressure on the surface. If the bowed wall is not repaired, it could collapse.
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 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 hesitate to have a foundation repair service 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 remaining paper with the utility knife.
- We recommend using a power 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.