Drywall is an often overlooked part of maintaining your home’s appearance and its value. Although Viera Builders homes are built to withstand the test of time, drywall can take a beating during harsh weather conditions. If you have children, your walls can take a beating with the constant bumps and scrapes, which is demanding on any grade of drywall. Also, drywall cracks, plaster cracks or nail pops over time. The good news is you can fix these problems quickly with a little effort. Here are some useful tips to help you repair and preserve your drywall while sustaining your home’s appeal and value.
Repairing Drywall Cracks and Nail Pops
As your new home starts to settle, the surface on your interior walls and ceilings may start to crack and the drywall filler over the nails holding the drywall in place might start to pop out, causing a bump on the surface. Fortunately, both problems are minor and easy to repair.
You can patch and repair minor drywall cracks by first scraping away loose debris from the crack. Next, you will use the back of a putty knife to press a small, V-shaped indentation along the surface of the crack. Try to keep the indentation around 1/8 inch wide and 1/8 inch deep. To finish repairing the crack, simply cover the repaired area with spackling compound and allow it to dry. Once the area is completely dry, sand the area smooth with a fine sandpaper, preferably 1080 grit or higher. Be sure to wear a respirator. Once you’ve sanded the area to a smooth finish, paint the area as desired. If you have not used spray texture from a can, it is best to learn on a scrap piece of cardboard, before applying to your wall. Drywall cracks are normal and are not covered under warranty with few exceptions.
If your warranty no longer covers nail pops, you will need to repair them yourself, which is a quick and straightforward process. If the fastener is slightly protruding from the gypsum board, you can reset the screw using a screwdriver. Cover the area with spackling compound and let the surface dry completely. Once the surface is dry, sand and paint the area as you would with drywall cracks.
Cracks in Inside Corners of Drywall
Over time, inside drywall corners start to develop hairline cracks. The cracks are a normal occurrence and is part of regular maintenance. The good news is you only need a few items for this simple and basic fix. If the crack is a hairline or very small, simply run a bead of interior grade painters caulking from ceiling to floor. Once dry, paint and you’re done!
Spraying Drywall on Outside Porches With a Hose/Pressure Washer
Although you might see some professionals spraying the exterior ceilings of a home with a pressure washer or a high-pressure hose, it is never a good idea. First of all, spraying the exterior ceilings of your home causes water to seep into your home’s walls. Although Viera Builders uses exterior grade drywall, water from a high-pressure hose or pressure washer can penetrate the seams of the drywall, no matter what grade of drywall is used. If you continue to spray the exterior drywall, it can lead to crumbling plaster, moldy insulation, and other undesirable results. A high pressure tip on a pressure washer can also indent the exterior drywall on the ceilings.
Each Viera Builders homeowner is provided a detailed manual that gives you comprehensive information regarding the drywall in your home and what is covered under your home’s warranty. The primary goal of Viera Builders is to provide you with accurate information about your home, allowing you to preserve the value and the appeal that makes living in the community so unique.