After a great night of sleep, you wake up in the morning to the soothing sound of rain. But as you reach over to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock, you look out your bedroom window and realize that the sun is out. You stand up in a panic and run out of your bedroom, and that’s when you see it. Water is pouring out of the ceiling and has completely flooded your living room. What do you do next?
Situations like this happen all the time, and when they do it is important to know what to do before the damage gets any worse. That’s why every homeowner should know where the main water shut-off valve is located. Obviously there is a leak, and by turning off the water you are taking the first step to fixing the problem. But once the leak is fixed, there is still a lot of work to be done, especially if part of the wall needs to be replaced.
“If there is a burst pipe in a home or if the home has been damaged because of a flood, we have Houston plumbing and water damage restoration departments that can fix both issues,” said John Moore Services Home Improvement Manager Mark Thacker. “But when our plumbers fix the leaky pipe, a lot of times the wall needs to be torn out and replaced due to damage. And that’s where we come in. We are experts in drywall repair. We tear out what is damaged, replace it, and can texture the wall to match the rest of the home. We will even repaint it. If a customer decides to use our services they can get everything fixed from beginning to end and don’t have to go through the hassle of calling other repair guys.”
What jobs require sheetrock repair?
Often times when we think of plumbing repair we don’t associate it with replacing sheetrock. But the fact of the matter is, many plumbing leaks cause water damage to walls and ceilings, which need to be fixed. Many leaks start out as a small drip and get worse over time. If you have a leaky pipe in your ceiling and don’t notice it for a month, then you have gone a whole month with water slowly damaging your ceiling. And if you fix the leak but don’t fix the ceiling, you are prolonging the inevitable.
Sheetrock also needs to be replaced any time there is flooding inside your home, and this happens a lot during hurricane season.
“Floodwater is extremely dangerous to our health and should be dealt with immediately if it gets inside your home,” said John Moore Services Water Restoration Manager Joe Souza. “It brings all sorts of contaminants inside your home and completely saturates your furniture, flooring, carpeting, sheetrock, and walls.”
Once the home has become flooded, even if only a few inches, the bacteria and disease in the water starts to settle in walls and begins to spread. Houston’s climate is infamous for humidity after rainfall, and the humidity mixed with contaminated water causes growth of microorganisms and other disease. The only way to remove all the disease and growth from your home is to replace or thoroughly clean everything it came in contact with, including sheetrock. If you don’t, the air inside your home will become toxic.
“As far as water damage is concerned, once the home has been dried out and cleaned, we come in to repair the walls,” said Thacker. “It’s a pretty simple process if you know what you are doing. We go in and remove the old sheetrock, replace it, and then we have our skilled technicians go in and match the texture to the rest of the house and paint it.”
When problems like this happen, it is important to have a trusted company in mind to come in and quickly fix the mess. And isn’t it easier and less of a headache to have one company do it all? The expert sheetrock repair technicians at John Moore Services are trained to make your home look as good as new. And if you have a sheetrock problem, or think you might, give us a call today!