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Should You Hire a Pro for Drywall Repairs?

Should You Hire a Pro for Drywall Repairs?

Drywall keeps your home interior together. Its smooth texture allows for perfect paint finishes. And it keeps unwanted air, moisture, and pests out of your home or HOA property.

But wear and tear on drywall is inevitable. Living in a space means you’re moving people, pets, and furniture around a lot. Even the most careful of us can’t avoid every bump against the wall.

When you see a mark, nick, or small hole in the drywall, you might be tempted to repair drywall yourself. But drywall repair is not a DIY project we recommend.

There are so many moving parts in a drywall project. Getting any of them wrong means longer project time, more repairs, more repainting, more mess, and more of your valuable time and money spent.

When it Comes to Drywall, A Lot Can Go Wrong

Correcting drywall damage is not a “one size fits all” approach. Each type of damage calls for its own unique repair project. It’s important to know why the drywall is damaged, how damaged it is, and if the damage is only confined to that area of your property.

Here are some of the most common types of drywall damage we’ve encountered while providing interior painting services:

  • Scuffed Drywall: Of all drywall damage, scuffs are the most common and least invasive type. Often they can be cleaned off with an appropriate cleaning solution. But if the cleaning solution is too harsh, your paint could get damaged or degraded. And if the scuff is so deep it’s damaged the wall itself, cleaning it will not be enough to restore it to its original look.
  • Popped Nails: If nails are popping or poking through the surface of your drywall, they were not set correctly in the drywall joint or stud. Nailing it back in is a bad idea— you’re asking for more damage to the drywall. Not to mention the nail will probably just pop back out again eventually. The stud needs to be located and the nail put in there in order to keep nails from popping in the future. Taking out and putting in nails is also going to negatively impact the appearance of your drywall.
  • Holes in Drywall: Small and large drywall holes can be caused by a number of things. Because joint compound and drywall tape have to be used to patch drywall, drywall hole repair is especially frustrating as a DIY project. It’s very hard to match the texture of existing drywall, and to know how much repair product to use. Paint colors will also need to be matched, which is overwhelming on its own. Large drywall holes are their own animal. Sections of the wall will have to be removed and replaced, along with taking all the above steps to restore the drywall to its original condition
  • Cracked Drywall: Drywall cracks can spread and impact the foundation of your home, so they need to be remediated with joint compound immediately, but only after an accurate assessment and determination of the extent of the damage.
  • Corner Bead Dents: Regular wear and tear of wall corners can cause damage that dents the corner bead. Corner bead damage should be repaired promptly so as not to cause further structural damage. It will have to be removed and replaced by sawing into the wall with a hacksaw. Unless you know exactly where and how to do this, there is high risk of damaging the surrounding wall
  • Loose Joint Tape: If joint tape has gotten wet and loosened itself from the drywall, the damage is pretty apparent. To fix it, more joint tape and joint compound are required, along with ample drying time between reapplications before priming and painting.

Minor Drywall Damage? Major Time Commitment

As you can see, even the smallest drywall issues require these steps to be followed:

  • Assessing the Surface
  • Understanding How Far the Damage Goes
  • Getting Tools and Materials Unique to the Necessary Repair Job
  • Applying the Appropriate Amount of Joint Compound Without Applying Too Much and Ruining the Texture
  • Priming and Painting the Repaired Walls
  • Matching Primers and Paints to Walls to Prevent Blotches and Clashing Colors

There is so much potential for error in DIY drywall repair, even when you’re being very attentive. Hiring a painter for drywall repairs is the only way around all this stress.

Beyond Drywall Damage: You Could Have Bigger Problems

Beyond that, drywall damage could be a sign there were errors in your original drywall hanging, structural issues, and otherwise greater damage than you planned.

  • Flooring Issues: If you’ve been laying tile in a bathroom, kitchen, mudroom, or pool house, you may have drywall damage around areas where old or damaged tiles were removed. Unless you check this area thoroughly for drywall cracks, you may be leaving an opening for water in these areas, which are prone to high moisture levels
  • Moisture Damage: Whether it's from a smaller issue, like tile flooring damage, or a broken water line, if you notice discolored and deteriorating drywall, along with a musty smell, you need to schedule immediate repairs. Working with a professional on this ensures you’re checking for and remediating all structural damage caused by moisture, as well as effectively removing mildew or mold without posing health risks to yourself and others on your property.
  • Termite Damage: If you have pinholes in your drywall, or have noticed damage around your baseboards, your drywall damage could actually be termite damage. For safety reasons, you’ll need to abandon any DIY plans in favor of swift accurate repairs and full remediation.

Hire Trico Painting: Repair and Paint Drywall to Last

Hiring Trico Repair for interior painting means we go deeper than DIY. We remove old paint, primer, and finishes so we can see what’s going on with the underlying surface.

We repair and remediate any drywall damage, and utilize professional-grade primer and paint to protect your walls. We will fully prep the area before repairing drywall to protect your surrounding surfaces, and clean up after the project is done. The result? A lasting investment in the beauty of your property, with no unknowns and no stress.

Don’t wait if your drywall is an eyesore. Get your home or HOA property back to its best. Call Trico Painting for your interior painting estimate today.