How to Fix Your Drywall After the Plumber Leaves

Whenever you have to do plumbing work on your residential or commercial property, you should only hire a professional plumbing contractor. However, most professional plumbers are not construction contractors. This means that they may not be able to repair the drywall that they tore out to fix your plumbing. You will have to hire another contractor or do the work on your own. If you'd rather try to repair it yourself, here are some steps to make it happen.

1. Cut the Drywall

The first step is to cut your drywall piece to the right size. For most patch jobs you will not need to buy a full 4' x 8' sheet of drywall. Instead, you could buy smaller, scrap pieces from your hardware store. 2' x 2' is a commonly sold size and big enough for most plumbing holes.

To cut straight lines in your drywall the best method is to use a utility knife and score it while using a yardstick as a guide. Then, you can easily snap along the line. If you need to cut angles or rounded edges, you will need to use a small handheld tile saw.

2. Attach the Drywall and Texturing

Attaching the drywall to the wall is also very easy. You just need to have a power drill with 2" or 3" drywall screws. When driving screws in drywall you need to be careful not to under or over-tighten them. If you over-tighten the screws, it could break through the drywall. If the screw head is not sunken into the drywall enough, it will be visible, even after the area is textured and painted.

3. Apply Texture

Applying the texture to your patched piece of drywall will depend on what type of texture your wall has. Some walls have spray-on textures while others are hand troweled. Spray texture cans are easy to use and self explanatory. Learning to hand trowel will take a little bit of patience and practice.

4. Paint & Patch the Area

The final step is to repaint your walls with the original color. There is a slight chance that your new paint color, will match your old paint color, even if you have the original product. This is why you should try to blend it in with the new paint. Lightly feather the edge of the new paint so it naturally blends with the existing paint color.