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Question DetailsAsked on 2/13/2014

If drywall gets wet from water damage should the drywall be replaced?

I live in a mobile home and our pressure tank leaked and water ran up the walls, cabinets, under our laminate floor and and soaked our carpet. We had someone come in and dry things out but should the drywall be replaced? Also if the carpet is starting to get black spots on the back does that need to be replaced as well?

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IF it got well dried out, then unless the drywall is still pithy or soft, not a problem - let dry for at least another week with normal inside heat and ventilation, and even better with fan blowing against it to dry the wall behind well, then replace any rusty screws or nails that are showing or popping out, spackle the nail holes, reprime and paint if needed.

The carpet should have been pulled up, or within 2-3 days of getting wet it will mold. Since already moldy, pull it and the padding and toss them, and run a large fan or heater/fan over the area for a day to dry the subfloor out before putting on new carpet. Be sure to disinfect the subfloor immeditately after pulling the carpet up - spray with chlorine bleach mixed half and half with water till entire wood surface is misted damp (not fully wet) then air out. You should probably do this some time early in the morning when you (and kids and all pets) can leave the home for quite a few hours, leaving a couple of windows open a bit to provide ventilation. If you have an aquarium you can put plastic sheeting over that to limit chlorine transfer to the water, but keep bubbler going as normal. Chlorine will stink for a couple of days - if you do it too much will kill the mold more certainly, but you may not be able to safely sleep there that night due to the strong smell. Do not recarpet for several days after, as the chlorine evaporating can fade the new carpet.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD



As long as it is not continously saturated and can dry out, it should be fine.

Treat it with some mildewicide/bleach as well.

Not sure about the carpet without seeing it.

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions

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