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Our Drywall Repair Process & Strategy

Looking for Drywall Repair in Cook county and surrounding areas?

We can help you tackle this problem.


Drywall repairs are some of the most common requests that we come across at BMB Remodeling Inc. Oftentimes a variety of home repairs add up and the visual of damaged drywall around the house becomes a nuisance which triggers people to reach out for repairs.

Due to the nature of wall patches, the patch will usually be somewhat visible, however our biggest goal is to repair the drywall so that it is not visible to the eye as seamlessly as possible. Hiding any drywall repairs can be a very lengthy process. However it’s not about just slapping up some mud on the walls and painting it because that is how you end up with repairs that catch your eye every time you walk by. The right way to do a drywall repair project takes time, so you can forget that there was ever a hole there!

Repairing drywall the right way is somewhat of a mixture between mechanics and art. The ultimate goal is to take any crack, hole, blemish, water damage, or any different type of defect and make it seem as if it was never there to begin with.

Here is how we take on every drywall repair project in Cook county and the surrounding areas.


When you reach out to us for a drywall repair project. We will schedule a walk through to see what exactly needs to be done. Then within 2 business days we will contact you via email with an estimate for your project.


First, we evaluate the extent of the damage. Remove any crumbling or loose pieces and cut away any sections of the gypsum board that has wear on it. If there is water damage or areas that require a new section of drywall we will repair that. Before moving on to the next step we cover the floor with clean drop clothes and all furniture with thick plastic film in order to project everything from dust and any falling pieces.


Next, we apply backing material and trim it into place where needed. Next, we add reinforcing mesh tape. If it is not reinforced, the natural flex of the home will make cracks in the first couple of months, and we want to avoid that at all costs. We place a strong, thin tape in order to tape over seams without overlapping, and the thinner is better as you don't want extra.


The next step for the drywall repair is to mud or also known as patch—such a simple word for a difficult task. The goal is to create a raised section shaped like a plateau that slowly tapers out so that the defect is still there but not eye-catching. We mix the patch using a 20 to 40-minute mud with the appropriate amount of water to get a hummus -like consistency. Then we spread it on the wall in layers until we have finally achieve the desired result. Oddly enough, a small 4" defect usually results in a 15-25" circular section of patch that is less than a ¼” thick at the center. Repeat this step approximately 2-3 times. Allow the curing to take place for approximately 1.5 hours with a fan on or leave it overnight for the best outcome.


The following step is to sand. Beginning from the center of the mud gently move towards the far edge in circular motions. Make sure to stop once the defect is gone to the point where it does not snag a fingernail. If the flaws continue to show, re-mud the areas as needed again and repeat these steps until you have reached your desired outcome.


At this point in the project we are about more than halfway done. Now that the patching and the initial sanding is complete, we now move to blending the repairs with the surrounding areas of your walls or ceiling. Using a sanding sponge gently sand the surface until the patch is undetectable.


From this point, the drywall repairs are complete! Before we begin the painting process we need to “paint” the walls with a primer as it will protect the paint from chipping on the new repairs. The final remaining step is to paint in order match the rest of the walls or ceiling. Oftentimes customers will have remaining paint in the basement or garage. If not, customers will need to purchase the color they desire to have on the walls or ceiling. At that point clients will tend to decide to repaint either the entire room and ceiling or just the area to where the repairs were made.


For any size drywall repair, it takes a minimum of 2-5 hours to complete. This is due to the steps and the dry times in between. For larger patches and any corners or detail work, the time the repair takes to complete adds up.

Repairs larger than 10" are repaired using the same method, but more significant sections of drywall and backer take significantly longer.

Final Thoughts

We know that after watching several Youtube videos, it can be tempting to DIY your drywall repair. But keep in mind that uneven repairs will continue to catch your eye. We are always happy to come in and take care of your drywall repair so that you can forget you ever had a patch in the first place.

Our schedule tends to book 1-3 weeks out, so please inquire about any home repairs you need.

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