Post-Plumbing Drywall Patching
How to Ensure Your Plumber Can Repair Drywall Post-Plumbing Fix
An expert plumber can help you recover from the worst disasters. However, getting to pipes sometimes requires breaking through walls. When it comes to repairing that damage, is it your plumber’s job to fix the hole?h3> You’d think that an exceptional plumber would make your home whole again without you having to lift a finger, and some will try. Many times, however, you’re left with a sore reminder of a major repair because the plumber doesn’t specialize in drywall.h3>
The aftermath of water damage from a busted pipe can prove devastating. Every year, insurance companies pay out around $2.5 billion for residential water and mold remediation. After a plumber fixes a problem, many people wonder if the plumber should also repair the drywall. As a homeowner, you most likely just want the nightmare to end and have your home returned to its original state.
Making Your Home Like New Again
Many times, when a plumber repairs a leak in your home, they need to cut out some of the wall to access the pipe. They started the job, so you may feel as though it’s their responsibility to fill the hole. Alternatively, you might think that you should do it yourself. Some plumbers will flat out refuse to fix damaged drywall after a repair. Others will recommend that you find a contractor and contact your insurance company. However, this task adds more inconvenience to an already troublesome event. Typically, you don’t think of sheetrock repair when you consider hiring a plumber – until you see a big hole in your wall. However, major plumbing repairs sometimes require breaking through the sheetrock. In other instances, your wall may already have damage.
A water leak can start small and grow bigger over time. In this case, days or months of looking at a damaged wall may compel you to want everything done at once. This sentiment makes perfect sense. At some point, you have to fix the hole. Why not have your plumber do it? The answer is because a drywall contractor will do it right. If you have extensive water damage, they’ll dry the area and clean it before repairing the break in your wall. It seems like a simple process.
Alternatively, you could do it yourself. All you have to do is remove the damaged sheetrock and replace it. Next, you’ll paint over the repair. Voila – your home is like new again. Like many other projects, however, you’ll quickly find that what seems simple in the beginning ends up taking a lot of work. There’s a good reason why some plumbers won’t patch walls. It’s not that they don’t know how to do it. They’re more qualified to do the job than a DIYer. However, an expert craftsman knows that they can’t perform the job as well as someone who works in a given field. What’s more, they know that it will show in their work, and they’re not willing to risk their reputation by doing a lousy job.
Why You Should Hire an Expert to Repair Drywall
A drywall contractor is an expert in their field. They may work in different environments, such as construction sites or at their own business. There are many different kinds of specialty contractors, such as:
- Alarm installers
- HVAC contractors
- Masonry contractors
Typically, each kind of contractor will only do jobs within their specialty. However, a savvy contractor will work with experts in other specialties to make sure to complete your repair in its entirety. You should only hire contractors to do work within their specialty. For instance, a contractor who has experience with drywall has more knowledge and skill than someone who may know how to do the job but specializes in other work. It’s better to hire a drywall contractor or make sure that the plumber who is repairing your home works with a drywall one.
Specialty contractors take responsibility for their part of the work on a given project. By working with experts, you can make sure significant repairs get done right the first time. A contractor understands the various tasks required to do the job right. Among contractors, there are around 40 different trades.
The construction industry is highly complex. Some contractors will take on responsibilities outside of their specialty to make you happy. However, you take a big risk with this kind of contractor. Yes. This kind of plumber – for instance – will fix your problem and the hole in your drywall, but there’s a big chance that you won’t like the result.
You Could Fix It Yourself…
With a few tips and determination, you can fix the hole yourself. The process goes as follows. To begin with, you’ll need tools for repairing drywall. You’ll also need building materials. Altogether, your list might include a:
- Box of Drywall screws
- Drill driver
- Drywall saw
- Drywall taping knife
- Pail of Joint compound
- Roll of Drywall tape
- Scrap of drywall (bigger than the hole)
- Scrap of plywood (wider than the hole)
- Utility knife
Now that you have your tools, measure the width and height of the hole. Next, cut a rectangular patch that’s about a half an inch larger than the hole in both width and height. Now, drill holes at each corner of the rectangle. Score the lines of the rectangle with a utility knife and use your drywall saw to cut along the lines. Now, cut the piece of plywood a few inches longer than each side of the top and bottom of the hole. Drive a screw in the middle of the plywood and use the screw to hold the plywood while you’re patching the hole. Next, you can secure the plywood with the drywall screws and remove the center screw.
Patch the hole with drywall mud and remove as many screws as you can. You should only leave enough screws to support the weight of the drywall mud. Finish the seams using the drywall mesh and joint compound. Lay the mesh over the seams and apply the joint compound along the seams. Let the first coat of joint compound dry, then apply another coat. As you apply the second coat of joint compound feather the edges so that the repair matches the surrounding wall. Repeat this process if necessary. Once the repair dries sand it smooth and you’re ready to paint.
The Benefits of Hiring a Contractor for Drywall Repair
Fixing a hole in the wall seems simple enough – there’s a hole, so close it. As you can see, however, it’s a bit more involved. A contractor who specializes in repairing drywall will minimize mess and waste during the repair. Also, there are different types of compounds that you can use for the job.
A drywall contractor will know the right one to use. They’ll also know how many layers to apply and when to apply it. Resultantly, the repair will go faster and set stronger. Finally, an expert knows all the tricks of the trade. When they’re done, you’ll never know a hole was there in the first place.
There’s a Better Way Than Doing It Yourself – Hire a Pro
Feathering during drywall repair is a learned skill. A drywall specialist will get it just right. This part of the job is critical. It makes the finish seamless and the repair more durable. The same applies to painters. Painters are experts in matching colors to your existing wall. Again, the experience of a specialist will help to ensure that there is no evidence of damage after the repair.
Common Plumber Fees When Fixing Drywall
An exceptional plumber may have a drywall contractor on their team. Alternatively, they may work with the same local, trusted drywall contractor on all jobs. A drywall contractor repairs many types of holes. Say, for example, you have a small 3 to 4-inch hole caused by a doorknob banging into the wall or mouse holes. You can do this kind of small repair yourself for around $45 for materials.
A drywall contractor may do this kind of repair for around $50 to $75. Labor for the repair may cost around $90 per hour. After drywall repair, a painter may need to reapply texture. This job may take about an hour and cost $60. Of course, you’ll also want them to cover up the repair with paint. This job may cost about $70 to $130 per hour, including the paint. If it’s a large hole, the drywall contractor may charge $50 to $75 per square foot. The final price depends on what materials the contractor needs for the job and how long it takes. For instance, materials and their costs may include:
- Drywall (per 8’ x 4’ section) – $9.00
- Drywall mud (per pail) – $14
- Screws (per pound) – $6.00
- Tape (per 150 feet) – $4.50
Also, you may incur an additional charge if the contractor needs to clean and prepare the area. Typically, a drywall contractor will charge around $200 for debris removal.
If you do it yourself, you’ll only have to pay for the cost of materials. Of course, you’ll also have to invest your time. What’s more, you may incur more expenses if you don’t do it right and have to hire a contractor to fix your mistakes.
***Please note final prices are based on each individual case and estimates will be provided.
Finding the Right Plumbing Pro for the Job
When you’re searching for a plumber, make sure that they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Also, find out if they have any specialized certifications. You should also find out how long a potential contractor has been in business. It’s also helpful to know if they’ve repaired problems similar to yours. Furthermore, make sure you do online research. When you compare potential plumbers, look for references and reviews online. Also, find out who’s actually going to do the job. You don’t want to hire a contractor, only to find out that they’re going to farm the job out to another contractor that you haven’t vetted.
As you call contractors, pay attention to how they treat you on the phone. If the representative uses a lot of complicated jargon, that’s a sign that they have something to hide. You want to find a company that will speak to you in plain language and makes sure that you understand the entire process. Also, work with contractors who are willing to guarantee their work. If the job is small enough, you may not have to pay for a warranty. However, a big job may require that you purchase one. Either way, a contractor will only back up their work if they plan to do the job right. Finally, follow your instincts.
Choose a contractor that you can trust. You don’t want a contractor in your home if they make you feel uncomfortable. It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t wait until an emergency to find a plumber. If you own a home, you should make it a point to find a service provider in case something happens. This way, you’ll know who to call when things go wrong and you need an emergency repair. A good local plumber helps you to protect the integrity of the water in your home. For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to get to know one.
Put Your Home in Our Hands: You’ll Be Glad You Did!
Sometimes, a plumber has to cut into your wall to fix a problem. There’s no other choice. However, you can make sure that the job gets done right by finding a great local plumber. If damage occurs in your home and a plumber needs to break through your wall, you have an advantage if you find a contractor who works with a drywall professional. If you have a plumbing problem, we have on-staff specialists who repair drywall and will make your wall look like new as soon as the plumber finishes.
United Air Temp has made repairs across some of the finest communities in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. Our experts are trained, certified, and ready to do your repairs right the first time. Contact us today to learn more about our team. Our friendly experts are standing by for your call.