How to Repair Water-Damaged Sheetrock

What You'll Need
Sheet rock mud
Putty knife
Paint that matches the wall
Work gloves
Protective mask
Safety goggles

Water damaged sheetrock can be a big problem. It can be hard to repair and time consuming. There are ways that you can repair only the damaged area in a shorter amount of time. All you need is the tools to do it, and the willingness to try.

Step 1 - Preparing the Sheetrock Mud

Preparing the mud is not as bad as you may think. You'll need to follow the directions that come with the sheetrock mud. Normally all you need to do is add water, but sometimes it can be a little more complicated than that. Be sure to follow the directions completely so that you get something that you can work with. Once the sheetrock mud has been prepared, you'll need to move fast so that it doesn't dry.

Step 2 - Fixing the Damage

Fixing the damage to the sheetrock is going to be the tricky part. The sheetrock mud will need to be added to the area in a way that looks natural. If there is a lot of damage, the area may need to be sanded. If this is the case, you may want to wear a mask so that you don't inhale any harmful debris. Once the area has been sanded, the sheetrock mud can be used to make everything look fluid.

Step 3 - Adding the Mud

Now that the damage has been evened out, the mud can be added. For this you'll need the putty knife. Put some of the mud on the putty knife and then use it to smooth the mud into place. This may take some time because you'll need to get it just right so that people will not be able to tell if there was any damage. Take your time adding as much of the mud as you need to in order to get everything even. After you think that you have the mud reasonably even, you should let it dry and come back to it in a few hours.

Step 4 - Sanding

Once the mud has had a chance to dry, the area should be sanded so that it is smooth and ready for paint. Again, you will probably need to wear your face mask so that the dust is not getting into your system. Even though the dust is not poisonous, care should still be taken when sanding.

Step 5 - Painting

Now that the area is all even, you can paint it to match the rest of your decor. You may need several coats to keep the paint colors even.

This is one of the ways that you can fix water-damaged sheetrock. If you are not sure about doing this kind of work, you can talk to a friend and see if they will help you. Although sheetrock work seems intimidating, it doesn't have to be. It's really not difficult to replace areas that have been damaged and make them look new again.