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7 Crucial Steps you Need to Know for Cleaning Water-Damaged Drywall

7/1/2024 (Permalink)

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1. **Assessment and Safety**: Immediately assess the water damage and ensure safety by cutting off electricity. Wear protective gear to avoid health hazards.

2. **Identify the Source of Water**: Quickly determine if the water is clean, grey, or black as it affects the cleaning approach and safety precautions.

3. **Drying the Area**: Speedily dry the affected area using fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows to prevent mold growth.

4. **Inspect for Mold**: Check for mold as it can develop within 24-48 hours and poses serious health risks if not addressed promptly.

5. **Remove Damaged Drywall**: Cut and remove severely damaged or mold-infested drywall at least 12 inches above the waterline.

6. **Cleaning and Disinfecting**: Thoroughly clean the remaining drywall with a mild detergent and disinfect the area to kill any remaining bacteria or mold spores.

7. **Repair and Restore**: Once the area is dry and cleaned, replace the removed drywall sections and finish the surface with appropriate materials.

Following these steps is crucial to ensure that water-damaged drywall is properly cleaned and restored, minimizing health risks and structural damage.

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