8 Most Common Causes of Drywall Damage

Many commercial buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area used drywall to construct the interior walls of the building. Drywall is a sturdy building material, but it can become damaged over time, no matter how many maintenance best practices you use. What can cause damage to drywall? In this article, we will answer that question.

1. Scratches or Dents

One of the most common causes of drywall damage is scuffs and cracks because life happens. When people move around the building, they bump into the walls occasionally, a chair hits the wall when someone stands up, or moving office furniture around for a new layout can cause drywall damage. If you have any scratches or dents, getting them repaired quickly can prevent further damage.

2. Water Damage

When water gets into your drywall, it can cause a lot of damage. Whether a pipe bursts or leaks, or the roof is leaky, once you notice that your drywall is wet or maybe it seems to be bulging, contact a professional right away to assess the damages.

3. Removing Fixtures

Another one of the most common causes of drywall damage is removing fixtures from the walls. For example, if you are taking down a mirror or cabinet that was on the wall held up by furniture anchors, it can leave behind small, damaged spots on the walls. Most of these little holes can be fixed easily, but sometimes, the damage is a bit more extensive, and you might need to have a new section of drywall installed.

4. Termites

Termites are the bane of any building owner’s existence, and they can cause a lot of damage to a building if left unchecked. They can dig into drywall, leaving tiny pinholes that you can see in the walls. If you see any of these little pinholes, tap on the wall and listen for a hollow sound. You might also notice bubbling paint or deterioration of your baseboards. Have an exterminator come in to eradicate the termites before you have the drywall damage repaired.

Other Pest Damages

Termites are not the only pests that can cause damage to your drywall. Carpenter ants are another pest that has the potential to cause significant damage to your drywall, as well as the rest of your building’s structure.

Rodents are the other main pest that can cause significant damage to every aspect of your building. They can chew through your drywall and electrical wires. You must contact an exterminator if you see signs of rodent damage before they can do further harm to your drywall and the rest of the building.

5. Accidental Impacts

Accidents happen. The doorknob might slam into the wall a few too many times, heavy furniture can scrape against the wall during moves, or new equipment installation can knock something out of place. No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. Getting your drywall patched or repaired quickly is the best way to ensure that no further damage occurs.

6. The Foundation is Settling

The foundation of a building is built to be sturdy, but many buildings can settle over time. If this happens, there is a chance that the drywall is going to be damaged. It will be the most noticeable in the ceiling and near the corners of the walls. They will get bigger over time, so it is important to get them repaired quickly. Cracks in drywall have the potential to become a safety hazard if the drywall is not repaired. In some cases, it may be best to replace your ceiling or walls instead of simply repairing them, depending on how extensive the damage is.

7. Bad Installation

With proper installation and care, drywall is supposed to last for years, but if it is not installed correctly, a lot of things can go wrong with it. Sometimes, a screw or nail will pop, possibly because studs are missing, they used too many fasteners, or the materials got warped by water damage. It can be an eyesore that will start to bug you as soon as you notice it.

If the person who installed the drywall used a low-quality joint fastening tape, the tap can begin to lose its grip over time, leading to a buckling effect that will damage your drywall.

There is the potential for other damages that can occur to your drywall if it is not properly installed. That is why it is important to trust experts to install drywall correctly.

8. Furniture Marks

Furniture can leave little scuffs on your drywall. These can look like something rubbed on the wall, and they can look unattractive. Most of the time, you can get rid of these with a damp sponge and a small coat of paint, but over time, it can cause small damage to the drywall. The best way to prevent damage to your drywall is to try to keep some space between the wall and the furniture.

Final Thoughts

No matter how careful you are, your drywall may get damaged over the years by these common causes of damage or by something else. If you start to see holes, bubbling, discoloration, scuffs, or stains in your drywall, it is time to get the drywall repaired or replaced. The experts at Magnum Drywall have over 30 years of experience in this industry, so we will install your drywall with the care needed to ensure it lasts for years. If you need drywall repairs in the Bay Area, contact Magnum Drywall today. After installation, we can paint the walls and ceiling, or install custom acoustical panels.