09:18AM | 04/02/99
Amazing but true, it rained in San Deigo all day yesterday. At 5:00 PM I noticed the wallpaper on one second story wall was soaked through and peeling off. I could also hear water dripping inside the walls on the floor below.

What actions do I need to take to prevent further damage from water currently inside the structure and how do I know to replace the drywall or just re-paper?


10:33AM | 04/02/99
Rain? Welcome to the rest of the world.

After you repair the leak, the only thing you can do is wait for the drywall to dry out (I know, it will only take a day in sunny SD). Once it has dried thoroughly check the wall carefully for any signs of disintegration. Use your fist and pound around firmly, that doesn't mean to put your fist through it. If it seems firm and intact and feels like the rest of the wall, you need do nothing for now except to paint over the water marks with a stain killer (Kilz or other). The water marks will bleed through the wallpaper or paint if you don't. If the wall crumbles or feels soft then you have no recourse but to replace it.


05:27PM | 04/13/99
I just finished repairing an area around our chimney. The only thing no one told me was that to EASILY cover the water spotting I should have used the Oil Based version of kilz. I used the latex version and it did work but it took 4 coats. I was then fearful of the cieling paint not covering that area. That took a couple coats but it turned out great. (note: My stain was not bad. A one time occurence about 12 inches in length).
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