Drywall ceiling damage from a water heater, a foot thru the attic or roof leak is very common in Houston.
Sheetrock on the walls take a beating because it’s a widely used material throughout your home. At some point majority of the people will need at the very least a repair or patch for a hole in a wall caused by a door knob, cable installation, moving furniture… the list goes on.
Below are 3 simple preventive things that can help you avoid a drywall repair.
Ceiling Drywall Repair Caused by Water Heaters in the Attic
Ceiling leaks are a common problem in Houston due to water heaters being installed in the attic. A quick routine check of your water heater pan to make sure it doesn’t have water can save you an unexpected repair cost. And if you don’t have one underneath to catch the overflow, $20 for aluminum pan may end up saving you thousands in repairs. Having a drain pan under the water heater will contain small leaks and can give you a warning that there is a problem before more damage is caused.
Tip: It is worth the investment to have the water heater pan installed to a drain line connection to move any water overflow out of the area. Once a drain pan fills up it will be a pool of water that goes somewhere, hence your ceiling!
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Ceiling Drywall Repair Caused by Washing Machine Installation on 2nd Floor
Another disaster waiting to happen are washing machines installed on the 2nd floor without a drain pan. A washing machine can dump gallons of water onto your floor from a busted hose fast. A metal pan with a hole cut out, installed under the washing machine and connected to a floor drain or pipe will help channel the water here if a hose breaks.
If your laundry room is on the 1st floor near an adjoining area that has carpet, hardwood or laminate flooring, taking preventative measurements is highly recommended.
Tip: Replace rubber hoses with $30 steel braided no burst washing machines hoses that come with a warranty.
Tips to Reduce Damage to Your Walls
The walls take a beating in a house from scratches caused by placing sofas and chairs too close to the wall. Moving heavy furniture, or from using the wrong type of hardware when hanging heavy objects on the wall, causing them to fall or create a hole. Door knobs constantly hitting the same spot are a common cause for holes in a wall.
Tip: A $2 doorstop is a lot cheaper than the minimum labor charge to repair the hole. Wrap large pieces of furniture in a thick blanket when moving to prevent scratching the walls. Use a stud on one side when hanging heavy objects and a drywall wall anchor for support on the hollow area.