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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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4 Signs That Your Drywall Has Suffered Water Damage

by Mike Brewer

As a homeowner, you probably know that repairing water leaks as quickly as possible after they occur is important if you want to avoid property damage. However, there are some situations in which you can't even tell that there has been a leak without some closer investigation.

One way that you can find water damage is by looking at your drywall. If you notice any of these four things, then there is a good chance that your drywall has been damaged by a leak of some sort. This means that you will need to find the source of the leak so that you can have it repaired. Then, you can also focus on having drywall repair done to get your home back to normal.

1. The Texture is Different

One of the first signs of water damage that you might notice on your drywall is that the texture is different. In many cases, drywall can become spongy in texture. In other cases, it might simply be soft. Running your hand over your drywall should help clue you in to these texture changes.

2. There are Visible Water Spots

Keep an eye on your drywall for visible water spots. Not only can this be a sign that your drywall needs repair, but it can also work to provide you with an idea of where the leak is coming from. If you follow the water spots along the wall, you can often find the pipes or plumbing fixtures that are causing the problem.

3. There are Cracks in the Drywall

As drywall becomes soaked with water, it can begin to crack. This is caused by it becoming misshapen due to the water damage. Don't just patch up these cracks and think that your drywall is repaired; otherwise, the existing water could cause more cracks. Instead, you may need to have the drywall replaced if the problem has gotten so bad that cracking has started to occur.

4. You Notice Mold

Moisture, combined with the comfortable temperature inside your home, can promote the growth of mold. If you notice green or black mold -- or any other foreign substance, which could be mildew or algae -- growing on your walls, then you should take the proper precautions to eliminate the mold, repair the leak and repair your drywall. Otherwise, the mold could cause respiratory issues for those who live in your home.

There are a few ways that you can detect water damage in your drywall. If you notice any of these four problems, now is the time to get to the source of the leak and then call a drywall repair company, like Mike's Drywall Service Inc, to help you.

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