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Old 06-17-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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My drywall ceiling was damaged from upper floor plumbing. Damaged ceiling has been cut out. How long should I let the wood dry before starting repair to avoid molding and future problems?

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Old 06-17-2010, 01:40 PM   #2
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Until it's dry.

If you cut it out (had it cut out) at the beginning of the repair of the plumbing, then by the time the plumbing is fixed (couple days?) you'll be fine. Obviously remove not only the DW, but any insulation that got soaked. And if there's anything obviously wet, wait longer. But with good air circulation you should be fine rather quickly.

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Thank you, I really didn't think abut the insulation. Since it's such a small area of damage I'll just replace it!
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doing a larger version of this myself. you really need to get under the insulation and make sure it dries if you plan on keeping the drywall. if you want extra protection against mold get a gallon of microban and lightly spray it around the effected areas on a hot day. with the insulation out the microban will dry in 5 minutes or so. obviously you need to be sparing with how much you spray since you're applying a wet product to drywall
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:15 AM   #5
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Use an electric fan to help dry the area faster. A moisture meter would tell whether dry or not but if in doubt, wait a few days before covering.

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