Damaged and soaked drywall from flooding, leaking pipes and other problems can be a challenge to repair and replace. Typically this is the kind of project that cannot wait too long, as mold can start growing on the damaged or wet drywall, leading to a number of problems for your family. If you feel up to it and want to try to do the job yourself, you'll need some pointers that can help you get the job finished. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you work.

Use a Moisture Meter

You may think that looking at the drywall and feeling it with your hands will allow you to determine what parts of the drywall contain moisture and need to be replaced before mold grows. However, it is important to note that the inner layer of drywall can soak up water, and you might not be able to see or touch it by looking at the outer layer.

To get an accurate picture of which parts of your drywall have water in them and need to be replaced, use a moisture meter, also called a hydrometer. This tool will give you a better idea of the moisture level. Different meters have different ways of displaying acceptable and unacceptable moisture levels, so be sure to read the directions carefully so you understand the readings.

Block Off the Area from the Rest of the House

If you can clearly see mold growing on the drywall that has to be replaced, you might not think much of it as you work to put new drywall up. However, because you don't want mold spores to travel throughout the house, do your best to keep the room where you're working blocked off. To do this, use duct tape and plastic sheets to block vents, windows and doorways.

When you dispose of the moldy drywall portions, be sure to put them in a sealed container away from the house so that the spores don't travel inside.

Think About Replacing Entire Sheets Instead of Patching

Like many people who get involved in home projects, you might be looking for the least expensive, simplest way to do the project. You might be thinking about cutting out the parts of the drywall that is damaged and patching the remaining holes, but that could be a problem. You might think you've found all of the damaged portions, but mold spores might have spread to other portions of the drywall as well. If you aren't sure that the rest of the drywall is in good shape, it may be better to replace the entire sheet to avoid future issues.

The suggestions above offer useful tips that will help your drywall repair project be a success. For more information, contact Mike's Drywall Service Inc or a similar company.