When drywall is affected by water damage it can hold a lot of water and sometimes fall apart.  If the drywall is not properly dried or removed in a reasonable amount of time, the home could be at risk for mold damage.  Drywall does not always need to be removed during a water damage restoration project but when it does it can be a messy process if you don’t use the proper equipment.

A common tool for water damage restoration companies is a dustless drywall saw, shown in the video above.  The saw is connected to a vacuum that collects the dust while it cuts the drywall.  This can save a restoration contractor lots of time cleaning up a job and save a customer from having a layer of dust on everything in the home.

The drywall saw is set to cut the thickness of the drywall.  Typically 1/2″ to 5/8″.  We set our saw to cut just before the wood studs to ensure we aren’t cutting into the wood that holds the wall up.  When we are finished making the initial cut, we have to come back through and use a razor knife or utility knife to make the final cut before removing the drywall from the wall.

After the drywall is removed, we like to put the pieces into a thick plastic bag before carrying it out of the home.  These bags are typically 6 mil clear poly bags.

If don’t have access to a drywall saw or you are a home owner looking for a DIY approach you can use a drywall saw to make the initial cut and then make the final cut with the razor/utility knife.




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