How Much Water Can Drywall Handle?

Believe it or not drywall can actually handle a decent amount of water before becoming damaged to the point it needs to be replaced, there is a caveat however, and that is it all depends on what the water is doing. If you have a water leak in the ceiling that is dripping down onto the floor below, and there is nothing really trapping the water inside the ceiling area, your drywall can actually take a decent amount of water flowing over the surface of it before it becomes structurally damaged. It takes a much smaller amount of water to damage Sheetrock if it is allowed to sit on the surface. If you take the same ceiling and you put insulation in the void above the Sheetrock, that insulation will act as a sponge trapping the water and allowing it to sit on the Sheetrock surface soaking through the paper on the backside and into the gypsum. Once this happens your drywall becomes compromised and will need to be replaced. If you live in the Houston area where it is warm most of the year and your drywall has become wet, mold can begin to grow in that area if it is not allowed to dry out. Mold can be toxic, and thrives in places that retain moisture. If you do have drywall that is retaining moisture, you should take action to dry it out, this may require removing the drywall and insulation in moist area and placing a fan on it so it can adequately dry out.

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