At Andy OnCall Tampa, we’ve seen our fair share of drywall damage. We’ve seen drywall that’s been flooded, chipped, warped, cracked, and everything in between. But too often, drywall damage is easily avoidable.
There are a number of ways, both small and large, that can prevent drywall from being damaged. These range from regular maintenance to the installation of safeguards to simply ensuring that furniture, appliances, and wall installations are in the right place. With a little work, you can easily limit the risk of drywall damage in your home.
Maintain Plumbing & Be Prepared for Leaks
Water damage is every homeowner’s number one fear when it comes to drywall. Entire rooms sometimes need re-working or repair due to a burst pipe or an undetected leak. Safeguarding your home against plumbing problems will help reduce the risk of drywall damage.
Some of the ways you can prevent leaks and limit leak damage in your home include:
- Installing appliance-specific and/or area-specific shut-off valves
- Installing safety valves that shut off supply when leaks are detected
- Regular inspections of any pipes and joints
- Immediate replacement of damaged or corroded parts
- Ensuring fixtures with plumbing attachments (such as bathroom vanities) are secure
It is also important that you know where your home’s main shut-off valve is located so that you can immediately turn off the water supply in the event of any leak.
Install Protective Stops for Doors & Other Items
Doorknobs represent one of the leading causes of drywall damage. Everyone’s seen a wall with an unsightly hole or indent caused by a nearby door, but many homeowners forget to take the simple steps that prevent doorknob-inflicted damage.
There are two distinct kinds of door stops or door stoppers that you can use to prevent doorknob-caused drywall damage. The first is a stop that’s attached to the door itself. The second is a stop that’s installed into your floor. Either will do a fine job of preventing your door from damaging your wall.
Keep Furniture & Other Items at a Safe Distance
A lot of damaged drywall comes about from furniture or other items that come into contact with walls, causing damage through long-term wear or repeated collision. For example, a chair placed directly next to a wall may cause a hole if its back strikes the wall when a person sits down. Another risk comes from hanging items, such as kitchen pots and pans, which are liable to collide with a nearby wall.
This type of drywall damage can be prevented by keeping all furniture at a safe distance of one inch away from all of your walls. Hanging items should be kept even farther away – enough that collision with your wall is no longer possible.
Properly Mounted Fixtures
A poorly hung painting or an improperly installed towel bar can easily cause unsightly damage. Poorly mounted items are liable to fall from your walls – taking whatever held them in place along for the ride. If you’re hanging or installing wall-mounted items, be sure that they are well-placed, secure, and able to bear their own weight.