Repairing Walls: Fixing Hazards In Your Home

We all want our own personal living area, our ‘safe space’, or in other words – a place to call ‘home’ which actually feels like one. This is not a trivial matter. The ability to call someplace home, and to feel secure in that home – it brings with it serenity, and has a calming effect on our minds.

It doesn’t even matter if you are renting an apartment, or if your name is on the deed. Maybe you are paying a landlord every month, maybe you are paying off a mortgage, or perhaps you already own your home – lock, stock, and barrel. Whatever the case is, it is your home and it must be secure since it keeps us secure. While it is true that those who rent an apartment will most likely choose (understandably so) not to invest in it too much, there are nevertheless times when a relatively small investment can bring about big changes and yield very positive results.

Speaking of a safe space, the things which define its ability to protect, are its surrounding walls and ceiling. We already discussed ceiling issues in another article, and those same problems can also be found in the walls. Now, because we’re talking about different pieces or sections of the same structure, it could be that we will discuss some of the same issues that were brought up in the ceiling article. Nevertheless, since this is a separate part of the home, which also carries with it slightly different solutions, the walls deserve an article of their own.

Common Issues with Walls: Wetness, Mold, Cracks

Professionals need to be consulted

So, what are the most frequent issues which Israeli walls face? Before anything – mold, and wetness. This is the number one wall-related problem. Plainly put, we are talking about water (or some other liquid) which seeps through the roof, or from a side wall or higher floor, eventually reaching the walls of the apartment. This matter is a veritable health hazard, and it carries with it a high-risk potential for the other tenants. This is certainly true with regards to infants, children, the elderly, or those with sensitivities that are living inside the home. If, when signs of wetness first appear, the issue is not addressed – or if the wall is fixed without addressing the root cause – it stands to reason that the situation will most likely get worse. After all, this is not exactly the type of thing which fixes itself.

On the other hand, mold is not necessarily related to wetness. Many times, in “wet rooms” which contain the bath and/or toilet, there is a chance that the high levels of humidity and lack of proper ventilation will cause mold to break out on the walls. This is known as a form of condensation. In that case, once the root cause has been proven to be local, it is safe to dry the area, thoroughly clean the affected surfaces, and spread a nice layer of antifungal substance on the walls. Furthermore, you need to make sure there is no pooled water, no flood, and to ensure proper ventilation. It would be a shame to work hard and find out it was all for naught when the mold comes back and sets up camp on the walls.

Holes and cracks. When these affect our walls, it can have several causes. It could be a local crack, small or large, caused by external pressure or other types of force. On the other hand, it can also be a serious crack whose origin is the structure’s skeleton or its foundation.

In such cases, where the wall’s issues are not caused by wetness or condensation, the situation needs to be thoroughly investigated and the appropriate professionals need to be consulted. If you are not certain of the source of the issue, it is best to speak with someone who is certified and experienced, who could locate open and concealed problems and provide practical solutions.

Demolishing, Constructing, Refurbishing, and Renovating Your Walls

Wall repair

Some damage necessitates a relatively mild form of intervention: peeling the affected areas, filling in holes, straightening, whitewashing, painting, and you’re pretty much done. However, some forms of damage require a much more extensive form of repair. Sometimes, engineers and other professionals need to be called, in order to get to the bottom of the matter.

In that case, there is always the option of demolishing the wall and constructing another in its place. Renovation like that usually doesn’t happen in a day, and depending on the circumstances it could sometimes take a while. An experienced handyman or contractor will be able to identify which boards or blocks to use, and to seal up and insulate the wall in such a way that the issue will not repeat itself. Of course, this will be the case if the root cause has actually been taken care of.

There are cases and other types of damage, where the client would rather just demolish the wall and rebuild it. When it comes to wall demolition and construction, there are many contractors and handymen to choose from. They will see to it that the wall or barrier is broken, whether it’s an eight-inch concrete wall or a thin board made of plaster. Once the new wall is constructed, the process usually ends with whitewashing, straightening, plastering, adding some primer, and finally painting.

Of course, there are times when the client is interested in demolishing a regular wall with no intention of rebuilding it. This is usually the case when there is a need for two rooms to become one, or in order to widen the space of a living room, kitchen, or any other room. Demolishing a wall is a relatively simple process, but this also changes with the circumstances.

If you are interested in renovating or refurbishing your walls, regardless of any damage it may have sustained, there are many options. You could tile your walls with quality floor tiles, you could cover them with fabric boards or stone-like boards, you could use cool wallpaper, or even repaint with a new color. Your walls will come to life and will bring with them a sense of novelty and style to your otherwise familiar home.

In some cases – like with the wallpaper – the costs are significantly reduced, and you needn’t bring in a professional to do it for you. Of course, if DIY is not your thing, it may be better to give someone a call and save yourself the trouble.

Conclusion

Your home is your getaway, your sanctuary, and the place you want to return to after a long day of work, school, or being on the road, etc. It is a place where you want to arrive and feel good. Feel comfort, even tranquility, and beauty. Is this always possible? No, obviously not. But this is a situation which can be remedied, step by step. Our outside environment has a tremendous effect on our internal environment. Meaning that when the house is designed well, and it projects warmth and good energy, this is a matter which invariably affects our minds. Of course, this includes the walls themselves, and not only that which hangs from them.

Revitalizing and renovating your home’s walls – and certainly when it is a case of a damaged wall – is a matter which not only contributes to the serenity and safety of the inhabitants but can also lift the entire house along with it. It can be used as a crane of sorts, and provide us with a sense of novelty in our life. We spoke earlier of that safe space which we all need, and our feelings of security. A home’s walls are an inseparable part of the story, and let’s be honest – when it looks good, it feels good.

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