1. ASSESS WATER DAMAGE
Remove water: Once you have removed the water from the area, if there is any water remaining. the sooner you repair the damage, the more likely you are to prevent further problems, such as the spread of mold. Test the drywall to see the extent of the damage by checking it if it not sagging or caving in. Drywall loses its integrity quickly when it becomes too wet. Now you can call an expert for a repair damage.
2. REMOVE DAMAGE
Check the area for signs of water: Studs and insulation must be dry. Removing moisture from inside of the walls prevents mold from growing and spreading. Mold and mildew can worsen asthma or allergy symptoms. Remove and properly dispose of all nonstructural materials including but not limited to drywall, insulation, baseboards, cabinet, vinyl flooring, counter top etc. (Demolition of areas needed) The visual presence of further water damage/growth into adjacent areas warrants the removal of the affected material. Employ dehumidification for humidity control, dry out structure and to protect from growth throughout duration of project, minimum of three (3) dehumidifiers.
3. REPAIR THE AREA
Make the area smooth and match the surrounding wall, you will want to apply drywall compound or mud in thin, even layers. At this point, the compound does not need to be perfectly even and smooth. When the area is dry, lightly sand it with sandpaper in a large circular motion until the area is even and feels smooth to the touch. Before repainting the area, it is a good idea to cover the patch with a primer or shellac coat to seal the drywall compound. Paint the area to match the wall. Blend the paint with the wall so that you have a great looking finished product.
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