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Common Causes of Drywall Damage and How To  Prevent Them

Most homes in the USA use drywall as an interior finishing. Drywall is favored for its’ ease in construction, insulation and energy efficiency properties and cost. Drywall must be properly maintained to keep it in good working order. The following are the most common causes of drywall damage and what you can do to prevent them.

General Wear and Tear

Furniture scuffs, holes left from nails and accidents may all leave your drywall a little worse for wear. Typically, general wear and tear of drywall can be easily fixed by either cleaning or sealing small holes. However, this needs to be done quickly and properly to avoid further damage. You can prevent some of these problems by installing an adhesive backing plate to protect your wall from the door knob, by installing anchors in your walls to hold nails and other hanging equipment and leaving a small space between the wall and your furniture to prevent scuffs.
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Moisture Damage

Drywall is highly susceptible to moisture that occurs when leaks in your roof, sinks, water heaters and pipes are left unrepaired and the water comes into contact with the drywall. This not only causes water stains, water damage and rot, but can cause mold infestation which is dangerous to the respiratory health of your family members. Before your qualified drywall technician can fix the damaged drywall, it is important to identify the source of the leak and repair it first otherwise your drywall repair work will be short-lived.
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Damage from Mice and Other Rodents

Besides bringing a host of contaminants into your home, rats and mice chew through your furniture, upholstery and building materials-including insulation and drywall. A rodent infestation problem can quickly get out of hand if left unchecked as rats and mice are notorious for their quick breeding. If you suspect that your home has a rodent infestation, you should get a qualified exterminator to get rid of them before repairing your drywall. Then you should seal up potential areas that the rodents may use to access your home and deprive them of food by properly sealing stored food and trash. You may also in true Tom and Jerry style, invest in a cat to better control your mouse problem.
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Settling of a New House

A newly constructed house contains wood panels, beams and fetters that connect various sections of the house. As these wooden frames adjust to the weight of the house, or settle, the wood begins to dry out and can cause the frames attaching the drywall to move or shrink, causing cracks in the drywall. While it is difficult to predict or even prevent drywall cracks through settling, the key is to consult a qualified drywall contractor for assistance and to get it repaired properly the first time; to prevent further damage.
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Professionalism

Older driveways may sometimes suffer scratches from a dumpster’s metallic wheels and more dumpster rental companies are finding innovative ways to mitigate this problem. Look for professionals who put protective layers on your driveway prior to installing the dumpster. Other considerations include how long the professional dumpster service has been in operation, the availability of live customer service and its reviews by previous users.
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