Drywall Repairs and Finishing
There are several reasons you may have damage to your drywalls which you need to fix. The most common is hitting the wall with something, whether it is a door knob, kicked ball or somebody's head! Depending on the size and type of the damage, you may be able to fix it yourself with just a bit of a rub and touch-up paint. However if it is more serious you should call in a drywall repair specialist or risk leaving unsightly marks or blemishes to your paintwork.
If you've had a water leak from your upstairs down through the ceiling into your basement, you will know the amount of damage that can result. Water blisters or bubbles can form behind the paper, ceilings can collapse and water can flood down the walls. If this is not repaired quickly, mould can quickly form requiring extensive mitigation work to repair or replace the affected areas.
Even if the damage is not readily apparent, what appears to be a water stain probably hides problems in the drywall. The drywall paper may have delaminated or craters may have formed in the unfinished side of the drywall leading to major problems in the future.
To fix damage to your drywall, the damaged area must be removed back to a solid area. Depending on the extent of the damage, this can be a small area or you may have to replace a full panel. Care must be not to damage any electrical or plumbing services which could be behind the wall.
Next a patch or new piece of drywall is placed to fill the hole and then taped and mudded to bring the area back to a level surface.