Common Wall Problems and How to Fix Them

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Walls are some of the most important features of any house. They have the twofold responsibility of keeping your home structure strong while also being the backdrop for interior decorations.

Often, their importance is downplayed as the attention usually goes to the other, more visible bits of the home, such as furniture and decorations. But let us establish this from the get-go: your walls are vital to the long-term sturdiness and beauty of your home.

We are here to make sure that you can recognize when your walls need some tender loving care and address the concerns that come up.

Always Check for Bigger Issues

First, you have to know if the problems with your wall run deeper than an appearance issue. Often, the aesthetic imperfections on your wall are signs of structural damage that needs major repair. When you see something wrong, the most efficient move is to seek out the source of the problem first before covering it up with paint or new wallpaper.

For example, leaks through your roof and walls or condensation getting through your walls are a couple of common explanations for damp spots on the wall and bubbling paint. Rather than repainting immediately, hire a professional to fix your drainage systems or seal spaces where the water goes through.

Only when you have ruled out bigger and more complicated structural issues should you attempt to remedy them on your own. When you have concluded that your wall issues are mainly superficial, then don’t hesitate. Let’s get to work revamping your home.

How to Fix Simple Wall Problems

Let us walk you through some of the most common aesthetic issues your walls experience, usually through natural wear and tear. We have a number of solutions that you can DIY, whether you want to repaint or even install decorative accent wood panels.

  1. Chipping Paint

When parts of your walls start having chipped paint, the quick fix is to cover it up with a fresh coat of paint. This gives you immediate results, but it also means a more immediate need to touch up. When you don’t deal with the chipped paint first, painting over it leaves rough patches that ruin the beauty of your walls, especially when the light hits it.

The time-consuming method is to strip off all the leftover paint, then start over from there. However, an easier but still smart solution is to re-prime the bits of the wall that got chipped, then get to work on repainting. This gets rid of the rough edges that the chipped parts leave, which lets you cover imperfections up nicely.

  1. Small Holes in Your Drywalls

Drywalls experience a lot of stress through the years. Whether you accidentally bumped your furniture into it, slammed a door against it, or even popped a nail through it, there is an easy fix that you can do yourself.

For small holes, get joint compound from your nearest hardware store. Place it on the damaged area and then seal with some drywall tape. Smooth it out to avoid an uneven surface, then leave it to dry. Once it is fully dry, sand the area, then paint over it using the same shade of paint you used on that particular wall.

  1. Paint Stains

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A lot of the stains you find on your wall are washable. You may have just never tried to remove them with some good old soap and water because it can’t be that simple, right? Well, sometimes it is.

Before painting on anything, try dipping a microfiber cloth into a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water to rub the patch. When it has dried, see if there are faintly visible marks still. If there are, repeat the process.

In case that does not work, try magic cleaning erasers instead. Most grocery or hardware stores have them in stock. They are usually great choices for removing crayon marks and sticker residue off of walls and other surfaces. If that method does not work, try a diluted mixture of your go-to all-purpose cleaner, then rub the stain with a microfiber cloth.

Touch-ups Are Lifesavers

There are times, however, when the solution is to do a touch-up over the ugly stain. This is fine, too. You may decide to cover the patches with the same shade of paint you originally used on the wall. But you can also get a little more imaginative with it. Hang up a picture or artwork or paint a mural over the whole wall. There is always room for creativity when DIY-ing your simple home repairs.

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