Common Reasons to Remove Drywall

Reasons to remove drywall

 Common drywalls issues

water damage



Manufacturers do not engineer drywall to withstand exposure to water. If water gets into your drywall, it will almost always result in yellowish-staining and a loss of structural integrity. The two most common times water gets into drywall are when a pipe breaks, such as in the attic, or a roof leaks and lets water in the building. Once drywall is water damaged, there is no way to repair the wall without replacing the damaged material. Unfortunately this is the most common way that drywall gets damaged and that property owners will need to remove drywall.

repairing water damage on a drywall ceiling

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repairing misinstalled drywall

lines from poor texturing



One common defect in drywall is when an inexperienced laborer does poorly texturing drywall sheets upon installation. This often results in noticeable lines bisecting the entire length of the wall. This is a common mistake when people are beginners at installing drywall, or just lazy and not detail oriented. While this drywall is still structurally stable, it is not pleasant looking, and a skilled craftsman is required to fix it. 

termite damage



Most people assume termites only eat wood, but that’s not actually true; termites eat through drywall all the time. 

Here are some signs of termite damage to your drywall:


  • Mud tubes directly under the surface of the walls or ceiling. 
  • Holes in the walls, usually smaller than a pencil. 
  • A hollow sound when knocked on.

Most of the time, once termite damage on drywall is noticeable, it is too late to make repairs, and replacement of the effected area is necessary. If you’re suspicious that you may have termites eating your drywall then it’s important that you call an exterminator to come inspect and prevent further damage.

Repairing drywall damaged by termites
drywall hole repair

miscut holes for electrical sockets



Poorly cut outlet holes are usually a straightforward patch job for a skilled drywall installer. This is usually just a quick fix that any skilled drywall installer can do. It’s important to make sure they match the current texture of the drywall that remains. Otherwise the patchwork can remain noticeable even after the repair.

misinstalled joints



Temperature changes in the climate from Winter to Summer cause building materials to contract and expand. To account for this, drywall must be installed with small amounts of room in between the sheets to allow for expansion during the summer. If drywall is installed without space, it will lead to noticeable cracking in the joints. Unfortunately this almost always warrants replacing the damaged panel, as repairing it would just result in the reoccurrence of the same cracks.

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hazardous chinese drywall


Amid an already-demanding housing boom and immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the pressures to rapidly source construction materials led to a lack of caution from U.S.-based home builders. This lack of caution resulted in the use of drywall produced by Knauf, a China-based drywall manufacturing company. (As reported by ABC News.) Much of this drywall contained phosphogypsum, which is illegal in the United States as it contains radium, a radioactive substance known to cause lung cancer. It is estimated that radium-containing drywall was used in over 100,000 homes built between 2005 and 2007, spread across 40+ states throughout the United States.

Tell-tale signs of the presence of this dangerous drywall are:

  • a rotten sulfur-like smell
  • black corrosion on copper wiring and pipes
  • relatively new wiring ceases to work because of corrosion.

If you do have drywall containing phosphogypsum, it is essential that it is removed by a professionally certified crew immediately.




Bubbling in drywall is not all that common however when it does occur typically one of three culprits is to blame.


  • misinstalled tape
  • drywall mud over paint
  • water damage
repairing bubbles in drywall

holes from doors and furniture



We’ve all seen it, someone in the family opens the door a bit too fast and puts the door handle through the wall, or someone hastily scoots their chair backward at the dinner table, and the chair pokes a hole in the drywall. 

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