Mold formed after water intrusion

Water may be necessary for life to happen on our planet… But when it makes its way into your home, it can become one of the most damaging events in your life.

Often, when people think about water damage in their homes or businesses, they imagine a leak in the roof where water is dripping from the ceiling into a bucket or trash can. Or they look up and notice a brown spot on their white ceiling or see a small puddle or wet spot in the carpet near the baseboard.

If only water intrusion was always that obvious.

Unfortunately, when water gets into your house, it doesn’t always announce itself like that. More often than not, water leaks into places that are hidden from plain sight. Sure, sometimes a leaky roof will cause water to drip from the ceiling, but it can also travel along roof struts and floor joists and end up hidden behind the drywall.

A leaky roof is only one of several ways water can get to places it’s not supposed to. In the Gulf Coast states – including Florida and Alabama – hurricanes and tropical storms are a regular occurrence. Depending on the speed and direction of the wind, water can actually blow upward into the soffits under your roof. And because the soffits are designed to allow air to flow between the attic and the outside, water can also get into your house if it’s blowing in that direction.

In addition to rain, water can come from other sources, too, such as leaky plumbing and sewer line backups, as well as flooding against the outside of the building. The trouble spots every homeowner and building manager needs to be aware of include hidden areas in the kitchen, including under sinks and behind the refrigerator. Keep an eye on bathrooms near the tub, sink, and toilet, especially where the plumbing comes out of the wall. In laundry rooms and near the water heater are also potential problem areas.

When water accumulates and sits for a long period of time, this can cause two main problems. One is structural damage to the drywall that covers the walls and ceilings, as well as wood flooring and carpet. It could also present a fire hazard if it comes in contact with electrical wiring.

The far bigger problem, however, is mold.

Warm, dark, humid spaces are the ideal breeding ground for mold, and once it’s established, it’s very difficult to get rid of. If it sits there long enough, it can penetrate and ruin the drywall, which then has to be replaced. Even worse, mold spreads by releasing spores into the air, where you can inhale it. This can lead to chronic illness for anyone who lives in the infested house or works in an infested building.

It’s a good idea to know the warning signs that may indicate water intrusion, especially if there’s been a lot of rain or a major storm in your area. The most common one is the presence of a brown stain on your ceiling or at the base of a wall. This means water has gotten behind the drywall at that spot and soaked through to the other side. Be sure to move things that may be blocking your view of the wall, such as furniture, entertainment centers, and pictures, and look in hidden areas like the back corners of closets. Also, keep an eye open for ceiling panels that are starting to sag and seams that look discolored, especially in the garage.

At Hole In The Wall Drywall and Restoration, we are Central Florida’s leader in finding and removing hidden water intrusion. Plus, we are highly qualified to remove any mold that may have started to grow in your home, protecting your family from mold-related illness and your home from further damage. In fact, we are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which means we abide by the strictest cleaning and restoration standards.

So, if you see any of the telltale signs of water damage in your home, call us and our team at Hole In The Wall Drywall and Restoration will make sure your home is free of mold and complete all necessary drywall repairs. Just give us a call at 407.492.2160 to request an inspection and assessment.

Repair after pest control found critters living behind the wall

Whether a home has rats or cockroaches hiding in the attic or between walls, chances are you’ll need Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair to restore them after complex pest control job

The South is hot and humid in the summer and this causes a home to become a breeding ground for pests of all kinds. From furry critters like squirrels, possums and rats, to the unsightly roaches, Palmetto bugs and other creeping insects—sometimes Pest Control companies need to get down and dirty into a home’s walls or above the ceiling.

Complex pest control jobs may involve cutting open a wall, often in multiple rooms within a home. After all, pests love to hide where humans can’t easily get to them, which is why they don’t make it easy to remove and remediate an infestation situation. In addition, the damage that pests can cause ranges from eating through a wall to causing additional damage if it leads to water seeping into the wall or ceiling.

Every pest control job is different, and Hole in the Wall works with both homeowners and Pest Control companies to provide a solution in the aftermath of such complex work. We often can quickly repair and resolve drywall issues, particularly when we know about the need ahead of time. Planning ahead allows us to come in right after the pest control specialist or crew are done with the pest issue—minimizing the impact on the home owner and his family’s life.

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair can fix any type of hole caused by a difficult pest control effort, allowing you to remediate the damage to prevent additional pests from crawling into the previously affected space. Water and humidity tend to gravitate to dry areas, particularly those that have already been treated by the pest control specialist. This makes it critical to repair a wall or ceiling after a pest control treatment.

Another type of potential damage may come when a pest control specialist steps through a ceiling, requiring a section of the ceiling drywall to be repaired upon completion of the work. Our ability to come in and do the repair work on behalf of the pest control service can also prevent customers from leaving bad reviews on Yelp, Angie’s List or Google Reviews.

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair work with independent Pest Control companies and independent contractors to repair damaged drywall or ceilings look like there was no damage in that area to begin with—ensuring customers are satisfied, regardless of how the damage happened.

In this day and age, there is no excuse to fail to repair damage caused during a service call. Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is competitive and effective, helping any Pest Control company maintain its reputation and positive image without a customer having to lament the aftermath of an accidental step-through or other kind of drywall damage.

If you are a Pest Control company owner or independent contractor, contact Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair at 1-844-NO-HOLES and let us know you are a trade service provider. We will quickly work with you to help you resolve the drywall repair with diligence and professionalism.

Foot Holes in Ceiling Drywall from Step-Through Damage

Sometimes an AC unit’s installation or repair creates a little more work than expected and Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is ready to help AC contractors look like Rock Stars

Air Conditioning servicing in Florida and Alabama is a prime necessity, given the hot summers we endure in the Sunshine State and the Heart of Dixie—and sometimes these AC contractors and companies need a little help from our drywall repair company. That said, AC professionals specialize in Air Conditioning work—but not necessarily drywall repair.

Failing to fix damaged drywall can have a negative effect on an AC contractor’s work or in the company’s reputation. And no matter how professional the AC company may be, the fact is that mistakes can be made because we’re human—and if something goes wrong, it is that AC contractor’s responsibility to own the issue and find a viable solution.

Case in point, working in an attic—where drywall and insulation separate it from the living areas of a home—puts AC repair contractors “one step away” from being in both areas. In fact, step-through damage (as in, stepping where there’s no beam supporting a person’s weight) accounts for more than half of our service calls.

An AC contractor can weigh anywhere from 160 pounds to, well, let’s say 250 pounds. However, the porous nature of drywall makes it hard to take more than 10-15 pounds of weight per square foot. Without getting into a complex math calculation, we can safely say that one square foot of ceiling drywall cannot support anyone putting more than that amount of pressure per square foot.

Needless to say, if you don’t step over a wooden beam or an area reinforced to hold the weight, you will simply step through the drywall—both a startling and potentially dangerous situation for the AC contractor. And unfortunately, this is a common reason why Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair gets service calls from our network of trade service providers—such as AC contractors, electricians, plumbers, and related trades people.

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair works with AC companies in the event their work becomes a bit more complex than they expected. Whether you stepped through the ceiling or had to do some pipe work in the wall that requires you to cut off a section of the drywall—we are ready to come right behind you and repair it.

Sometimes, we known in advance of the potential work when the service provider anticipates the need to cut off a piece of the drywall. But other times we get the call after a mistake has been made and the step-through damage is already making the AC contractor’s customer uneasy. And when a customer is not happy, he or she will tell a lot more people (as well as give a bad review on Yelp, Angie’s List or Google Reviews) than when they’re happy.

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is committed to working with individual Air Conditioning Contractors and HVAC companies to ensure damaged drywall does not become an issue after their work is done. By working with our drywall repair company, we can repair the drywall and make it look like the damage never really happened—making their customers happy and satisfied with their work.

At the end of the day, every AC contractor or HVAC company wants to finish their job and leave customers with a smile—and possibly a referral or two. This is where our mission to support our trade service partners becomes an important element of our community relationship-building. But remember, we can only help if you call us and let us know what work needs to be done.

If you are an AC contractor, an HVAC company or any other kind of trade service provider that ends up with damaged drywall after your own service call—call Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair at 1-844-NO-HOLES and let us know you are a trade service provider. We will quickly work with you to help you resolve the drywall repair with diligence and professionalism.

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Hurricane Damage Repair after a major storm

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida and the rest of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts may be in for a busy 2019 hurricane season–and potential hurricane damage repair.

The NOAA is predicting that there will be between nine and 15 named storms, with up to four major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. And this means that the possibility of needing hurricane damage repair is also a reality.

Officially, we are already in the hurricane season, which started June 1, even though hurricane activity in the Atlantic typically peaks in August and September. That means there’s time to adequately prepare our homes for a possible hurricane—even if it may not need hurricane damage repair after a storm. However, it does not mean you should wait until the last minute (or until a major storm poses an imminent threat to the area.) Why? Because since the 2000 hurricane season, 21 named storms have impacted Florida in June and July. That’s an average of more than one per year.

Safety first

Clearly, in preparing for a possible hurricane, your first priority should always be the safety of yourself and your loved ones. That’s why it’s important to put together an evacuation plan that includes all the possessions you’ll need to take with you, as well as where you plan to go. Also, you should have a plan for your beloved pets since they may not be allowed in shelters. Remember, if you plan to evacuate to an area that is out of harm’s way, you won’t be the only ones. Be prepared for heavy traffic and a lack of available hotel rooms. And keep Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair’s contact info handy in the event you need hurricane damage repair.

Also, create a written list of everything you’ll need to take with you and keep it in a safe place. This will save you a lot of time figuring out what to bring when time may be of the essence. Your list should include items like:

  • Cash and credit cards
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • A battery-operated weather radio
  • Non-perishable food and snacks
  • A supply of bottled water
  • Prescription medications
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Insurance policy information (in the event you need hurricane damage repair)

These are some of the basics you’ll need. It’s a good idea, though, to find a more comprehensive hurricane preparedness list online.

Hurricane damage repair and water intrusion

Once you’ve prepared for your family’s safety, it’s time to think about what you’ll do if you need to plan for hurricane damage repair to your home. You can prevent some of that damage by bringing anything that could become a projectile indoors. And you can also trim back trees and bushes.

Also, make sure you know where your homeowner’s insurance policy is and what your hurricane damage repair deductible is. And save the phone numbers for your insurance company’s claims department and your agent in your phone.

After all, despite your best efforts, a severe storm with torrential rain and high winds can easily cause water to get into the house. This is a common hurricane damage repair a homeowner must work through after a busy storm season. For example, hurricane force winds often get under roof shingles and pull them up. This allows water to get underneath and leak into the house. Water can also get in through soffits, as well as windows and doors that are not sealed properly.

Once the bad weather has passed and the sun comes out, walk around your home and take note of any hurricane damage repair you may need. Some issues – such as missing roof shingles, broken windows, and torn screens – are obvious. Water intrusion, on the other hand, is usually hidden by the drywall, unless there’s so much that it puddles on the floor. Regardless of the hurricane damage repair you may need, it is important to know there’s always more than meets the eye.

A Potential Health Risk

Unfortunately, hidden water inside your walls creates the perfect environment (wet and dark) for mold to proliferate. Once it does, it’s difficult and costly to remove. This can create a major health risk when mold spores are released into the air. This can lead to health issues like chronic congestion, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, and skin irritation.

At Hole in the Wall Drywall and Restoration, we are Central Florida’s leader in finding and removing hidden water after a hurricane or tropical storm. We also have expertise in making any necessary hurricane damage repair on your drywall. And if mold has started to grow in your home, we are highly qualified to remove it, protecting your family from mold-related illness and your home from further damage. In fact, we have earned the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  This certification means we abide by the strictest restoration and cleaning standards—even with complex hurricane damage repair situations.

So, if you need hurricane damage repair, please make us one of your first calls after the storm passes. Our team at Hole in the Wall Drywall and Restoration will make sure your home is free of mold and complete all necessary drywall repairs.

Just give us a call at 407.492.2160 to request an inspection and assessment or request a quote.

Drywall Repair Birmingham Alabama

Already a household name in Central Florida, the company offers same-day drywall repair services for residential customers—and it now serves Greater Birmingham

(Orlando, FL)—Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair, a wall and ceiling drywall restoration company based in Orlando, Florida, is opening a location in Birmingham, Alabama, as part of its expansion strategy in the Southeast.

The company was founded by Bill DeMent, a construction industry veteran who recognized a growing opportunity, after witnessing a widespread lack of quality and attention to detail by handymen and stucco contractors.

Hole in the Wall Drywall repair has been operating in Central Florida for several years, serving the Greater Orlando area and adjacent communities throughout the region—and Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair – Alabama is bringing the same quality drywall repair to Birmingham area residents.

Damaged drywall is often an eyesore and most contractors are not adequately trained in the proper techniques to ensure customer satisfaction—especially without leaving scars and bad texturing. As a result, the finished repair is often unsightly and below standards, leaving people even more unhappy with the outcome.

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair has built a reputation based on a commitment to becoming the absolute best it can be, and this determination starts with the proper training of every drywall tech it employs.

Starting techs undergo extensive training, a background check, and an apprenticeship period with an experienced drywall tech who has experience working in the field. This ensures the tech is properly trained in how Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair delivers value and customer satisfaction.

In its early days, Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair claimed its place in the post-recession period, a time when homeowners and rental property owners had to keep their properties after the home sales market suffered its biggest downturn in decades.

Quite often, potential customers don’t know who to call for a simple repair job on a wall or ceiling, so they contact a general contractor who will likely consider the job too small, or a handyman who was not qualified to deliver the quality to make a customer happy.

“We’ve never wanted to compete with construction companies,” says Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair Founder and CEO, Bill DeMent. “However, we don’t intend to compete with smalltime handymen either. Our professional focus on drywall repair has placed us in a category of our own—and simply said, that’s how phone calls and emails started rolling in from Day One.”

Thanks to a catchy name, excellent work quality and the persistence of its owners to ensure every job was performed to match their personal standards, Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair captured the attention of people needing a simple service: drywall repair.

“People want a simpler way to evaluate price-to-value in a market filled with general contractors and handymen,” adds James Groves, COO for Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair. “This is why we developed our Upfront Pricing model, which ensures transparency and clarity based on the size of a hole in the drywall.”

Since then, Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair has become a cost-effective alternative to the sub-par work of part-time handyman operations, which can leave a property owner even more concerned about the future of their walls and ceilings.

“We are committed to the folks in Birmingham, Alabama, and I intend to see to it personally that we can continue growing for years to come,” says Alex Brackett, General Manager for Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair – Alabama.

The new Alabama location for Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is based in Downtown Birmingham, from where it serves all surrounding areas, and other suburbs of the city. The company plans to expand as the opportunity arises in the near future.

About Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is a drywall repair services company specializing in the repair of damage caused by accidents, wear and tear, or water intrusion on walls and ceilings. The company has been built on family values and strives to serve our customers as if they were family. Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair serves the Florida communities of Orlando, Lakeland, Cocoa Beach, The Villages, and now is expanding to Birmingham, Alabama.

For more information about Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair, please visit www.hiwdrywall.com or www.hiwalabama.com.

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Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair
(407) 283-1069

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Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is a one-stop shop for fixing all your wall and ceiling issues

When it comes to drywall repairs, as a homeowner, your main concern is whether the damage will be fixed to look as if it never ever happened. Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair knows this and our techs work very hard to ensure our customers’ satisfaction. But perhaps what makes our work so special are the finishing touches we add to ensure that you are happy and will continue referring us to your friends, coworkers, family, and even strangers to Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair.

When we first arrive at a property, our Techs assess the situation, paying careful attention to not just the damage, but also to the surrounding area. Sometimes the damage is more than expected. We will always communicate and point to you anything that we see as a potential problem or additional damage before we complete the repair—whether it is due to water seeping through or other cosmetic challenges.

Our complete Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair process encompasses all the elements that ensure your drywall damage is taken care of and you are left with a smile on your face, including:

  • The tech starts by identifying the need to remove any molding, baseboards or fixtures around the damage
  • We then prepare the work area to reduce cleanup and any mess produced by the repair
  • Our techs use specialized equipment, which may include a HEPA filter air scrubber and other tools, to reduce any residue or dust (if applicable)
  • We quickly begin the drywall repair process using our proven methods and techniques
  • By applying texture matching, we ensure consistency in the wall and ceiling texture after the repair
  • If included in the estimate, we may apply the finishing touch with a fresh coat of paint
  • All molding, baseboards or fixtures are re-installed to restore the area to its original look

No matter how big or small the job is, Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair offers a complete drywall repair solution. Our company-trained Techs are ready to take on any challenge and know that a satisfied customer ensures that our company will keep on growing and they will be ready to take on the next challenge. Not to mention, our One Year Warranty on all repair work, so you can have peace of mind every step of the way.

Stop walking past the eye sores in your home or office and give Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair a call or request an estimate online. Put our knowledge, experience and reputation to work for you and stop procrastinating. We are ready… Are you?

Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair is a fast-growing company with the experience, knowledge and insight to get the job done quickly and up to our customers’ expectations.

Our customers often praise us for taking the time to build a strong brand around our business. When Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair was founded, we did it with the intention of building a solid business that would thrive on its own reputation and continue to grow for years to come. We have spent years building that reputation, which is reflected in our 5 star Google rating. As we continue to generate repeat business and referrals, we have found our growth is directly related to the satisfaction of our customers and the quality of our work.  Now with our Trade Service Partners initiative, we work with other construction and home service professionals who trust Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair to help their own customers.

Another aspect that makes Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair so unique is its owners and management staff. In our previous professional lives, we’ve worked for companies that didn’t value their customers (or employees) and were only in business to collect a check. Because we didn’t like the way those businesses operated, we promised ourselves that one day we would build a company that lives by its values and delivers on its promises. We spent time developing a company culture that not only focuses on building trust with our customers, but also leaves our employees feeling good about where they work. Thanks to our committed drywall repair specialists and a brand that communicates value to our customers, we have been able to thrive in Central Florida and beyond.

When you see our Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair logo, we want you to connect it to values like quality, honesty and a job done right the first time. We have worked hard to continuously train our staff and we’re always investing in equipment to enhance the results of our drywall repair operation. We list our services with sites like Home Advisor so you don’t have to take our word for it. From minor wear-and-tear repairs, to the occasional hole in the wall from playing golf indoors, our customers continue calling us back over the competition. Whether you need drywall repaired due to water damage or an accidental misstep in the attic, Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair will be here, ready to spring into action and save the day.

No matter how vast your drywall damage is, Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair can take care of it. And if you are already happy with our work, we would love to have you refer us to your friends, family, and coworkers.

Saving money by using a handyman can be a good idea for some home repairs—but when the worst case scenario happens, you’ll wish you had called a licensed contractor.

We’ve all heard of the handyman who makes a living fixing virtually any home repair. Many people use these resourceful jacks-of-all-trades to help fix plumbing and electrical issues around the house. While we appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit of the handyman, some of them are not licensed or insured. There is little recourse if they leave your job incomplete after already pocketing your money. At Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair we are often called to remedy that which a handyman has already “fixed.” We are baffled with the mess some homeowners are left with, despite their good intention of saving money. Because we stand behind the fine work of our technicians, every job comes with a One Year Warranty to make sure you are always satisfied.

An unlicensed handyman can legally claim to be a professional without having a state license. In the context of home repairs, a “professional” is knowledgeable, engaged and fully-committed to a profession. A “professional” operates a business per industry best practices, while observing building codes, laws, and regulations. It is ironic when these types of businesses call themselves “professionals” when they do not bother getting proper training, insurance, or background screening. Imagine what would happen if you hire someone who happens to get hurt working in your home? What if the job is not up to par? Do you think a handyman will come back and fix it when he could be making money from a new job elsewhere?

To avoid being caught between a rock and a hard place, consider hiring a fully-licensed and insured contractor like Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair. Our drywall repair specialists are not just trained by the owners, they are also background checked and insured to give you peace of mind. These trained specialists will assess the type of damage, determine the best method to fix it, and repair it to your satisfaction. Our company only hires qualified individuals who can get the job done right the first time. This is why Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair continues to earn the highest ratings on Google and Home Advisor.

Remember, if you need to have holes in drywall or other wall damage repaired, don’t place your trust in a handyman. Call us and let a Hole in the Wall Drywall Repair specialist take care of it. We are so sure you will be satisfied you’ll want to introduce us to your friends and family.