Moisture Problem in Drywall Ceiling Insulation

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Experiencing a moisture problem in drywall ceiling insulation isn't necessarily a difficult one to fix, but it might get expensive. Find out about moisture problems in drywall ceiling insulation with help from a construction professional with over 25 years of experience in this free video clip.

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This is Nicholas Iarocci, the home source guy, owner of Source Development, a home improvement company in Garnerville, New York, and this is moisture problems in drywall ceiling insulation. I've simulated a model of a typical wall and ceiling construction that you would find in any residential or commercial structure. This is insulation with a craft face between studs that you would typically find in any home. And there are a few causes of moisture that would contribute to water getting trapped between the insulation and the drywall: roof leakage, plumbing, pipes leaking, drainage pipes leaking, bathroom insufficiencies in tile and joints. Mold's become a very issue. Typically, these molds have contributed to allergies and respiratory diseases. So, within this insulation, if there's moisture present, it doesn't get a chance to evaporate and breathe. It really condenses, and it gives it that time to build up the mold. So, you really do have to remove it right away, when you're, you know, aware of a leak. You know, obviously, there are times where you're not aware, but when you are, immediately try to get it out. So, what we would do is remove a section of the drywall. Remove the insulation. If there's any mold present, you might even want to spray a little Clorox and re-install. Obviously, you'd have to make whatever repairs are causing the leakage to begin with. But after that's all done, we'd install the insulation, stapling it to the sides of the studs. To replace the affected piece of drywall, we're going to measure and find the center of the stud. Cut alongside the center of the stud, and remove the affected piece of drywall. Cut a new piece of drywall, and install it with screws about six to eight inches apart on both sides of the studs, both here and here. We'd finish off with tape and compound along the joints in a fashion similar to this. And that's how to repair moisture in drywall ceiling insulation. This is Nicholas Iarocci, the home source guy, president and owner of Source Development, a home improvement company in Garnerville, New York.


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