If a plumbing leak inside of a wall in your home has caused water damage to some of your home's drywall, then it is imperative that you remove and replace the damaged area before the moisture has the opportunity to make your family sick.

Here is some information about water damaged drywall and the problems it causes:

Drywall Composition

Drywall, also called sheetrock, is made of ground and compressed gypsum. Gypsum is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined from the ground in many areas of the world. Gypsum mineral is used for drywall because it is:

  • inexpensive
  • insulating
  • fire resistant

The gypsum is combined with a wet plaster mixture and then mechanically formed into large panels. On each side of the drywall panel, is a thick sheet of paper that protects the soft plaster-gypsum mixture from damage. Without the paper on the outside, every time you banged something into a wall it would leave damage. The paper strengthens the drywall surface so this doesn't happen. The drywall is still able to be damaged by strong contact from objects such as chairs and metal decorative objects.

Drywall and Water Issues

Drywall and water do not mix. The paper on the outside of drywall is porous and water invariably ends up inside of the gypsum layer when it gets wet. The gypsum absorbs water like a sponge and then expands. The expansion causes the drywall paper to bubble and split. The split drywall is both a cosmetic issue within your home and a possible health hazard for your family members and pets.

Health Hazards of Wet Drywall

Wet drywall provides a favorable breeding surface for mold, mildew, and fungi. The same is true for any wooden studs that have come into contact with the leaking water. Once these nasty invaders take hold, they send out reproduction spores that will cause them to spread all over your home.

When inhaled, spores from micro-organisms can make your family and pets both sick with serious respiratory problems. In fact, black mold is one of the worst things you can inhale if you have asthma or another lung disorder.


Now that you have a thorough understanding of how drywall is manufactured, what happens when it comes into contact with water, and water damaged drywall can make your family ill, you should contact a licensed water damage contractor in your local area to come to your home and remove this threat from your home. To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Western Skies Restoration Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.