Damaged Exterior Drywall

I've never been a strong believer of installing drywall on the exterior of the house, but for some reason architects, engineers and home designers use these types of products and it just doesn't make sense to someone like me, when I look at something like this.

Rarely do I come across any exterior drywall that isn't damaged in some way, when I'm making home repairs or remodeling someone's house.

It's a product that absorbs water easily and gives mold and fungus an excellent spot to live, while it's destroying your home.

If you look closely, you can see the drywall in between the brick wall and the wood framing.

By now the mold has ruined most of the drywall and the insulation paper backing. This is truly a home repair nightmare.

It didn't take a rocket scientist, to find the problem, the top of the brick didn't have any metal flashing and there wasn't any type of building paper or vapor barrier in between the brick and the drywall.

In areas like this where it snows often, some homeowners won't remove the snow around their property and this creates a problem for a brick wall like this.

As the snow melts it turns in the water and this water can be absorbed into the brick and transferred directly to the drywall. Once the drywall is wet, it's not long before mold, mildew and fungus starts the destructive process of destroying the drywall, insulation and wood framing.

Home Repair Tip: This one isn't going to be easy. I would remove the brick and the rest of the damaged building materials and rebuild it correctly.