Asked on Jun 15, 2015

Does anyone know why my sheetrock in my bedroom is very hot to touch?

by Barbara
It feels like the afternoon sun is just pooring in. What is the solution if you know?
  19 answers
  • Lori Choman Lori Choman on Jun 15, 2015
    My first question would be what's behind it? Electrical? Hot water pipes? Hot water tank? I would guess that something behind the sheetrock is making it hot. Are they hot all the time? Only certain times of the day? Not a lot of information to go on in your post.
  • Darla Darla on Jun 15, 2015
    If it's an outside wall, it probably doesn't have enough insulation. You might need to insulate it. If it's an inside wall, you'd better have an electrician check it in case a circuit is overheating - it could cause a fire.
  • Vickie Phillips Thomas Vickie Phillips Thomas on Jun 15, 2015
    To add to the above, you want at least R-13 insulation in outer walls, with R-19 in ceilings.
  • Maria Maria on Jun 16, 2015
    Is it a one story house? If so, is the attic vented sufficiently?
  • Judy Borman Judy Borman on Jun 16, 2015
    As a fire department retiree, I'd like to 'second' the suggestion Darla made. Get an electrician to check that wall. Does your local department have a thermal imaging camera? They MIGHT be willing to come out to see if they can pinpoint the source of the heat in the spirit of fire prevention.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jun 16, 2015
    Solution, get behind that drywall and start looking! Even if you need just insulation, they will cut holes anyway to pump it in.
  • Jean Thompson Jean Thompson on Jun 16, 2015
    OHIO- Walls are R- 20 and Ceilings are R-38. The Drywall if in contact with a Heat Duct would be warm ( its like this in our Bathroom wall because the duct touches.). But get it checked out..
  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 16, 2015
    Thanks everyone. This is a 2 story with not vents close or any electrical. Just sheetrock and on the outside which is brick and faces the afternoon sun and has the overhang over the front stoop. So I bet lack of insulation is the answer. Will find someone that does drywall and insulation.
    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jun 17, 2015
      Is your dryer close by? I've seen the vent pipe come apart and the heat dispersed into the walls! Also leaves tons of lint that is a major fire hazard. Good luck Barbara and let us know what you found out. It could help someone else too.
  • Gwenie Gwenie on Jun 16, 2015
    Someone didn't put insulation behind it. When it was cold outside it was a very cold wall.
  • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Jun 16, 2015
    I have a wall like this too and no way to add insulation since it is solid double brick wall. I planted three butterfly bushes for shade right in front of it and it made a huge difference.
  • Dorothy Dorothy on Jun 16, 2015
    I agree with shade idea. We put several trellises on our wall to grow summer flowering vines. I liked this idea because we would still get the heat from the sun on this wall in the Winter months when it was appreciated after the foliage died back in the Fall. Vines are perennial so we don't have to replant every spring
  • Mary Ker Mary Ker on Jun 16, 2015
    I had this problem. Put in a quick growing tree just outside the wall (sweet acacia was what I used, here in the desert SW). Plus, inside I added a thick, plush homemade headboard to my bed, which butted that wall.
  • Joe Losoya Joe Losoya on Jun 16, 2015
    drill very very small holes in wall, [ just enough to fit straw tip from can ] fill with foam insulation, start @ bottom between studs one section a time about 8" above floor. let dry since foam will expand & push up. foam will cover hole spackling will do the rest. a little expensive at the beginning, but will pay itself in less than a year. also cheaper than removal of drywall & installation of proper insulation.
  • Debbie Doucet Debbie Doucet on Jun 16, 2015
    find someone Experienced in blown insulation. We used to do it, and that wall can be insulated....operative word being Experienced.
  • Jeff Benefield Jeff Benefield on Jun 16, 2015 or or all have an additive that makes your paint have insulating qualities.. Might paint that outside wall..
  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Jun 16, 2015
    Find someone to do an energy audit. Our electric company provides them. Get a professional opinion of what to do. There are so many variables that it needs to be evaluated by someone with experience.
  • Jeannie Carle Jeannie Carle on Jun 17, 2015
    I Absolutely agree with lindcurt! Get a professional opinion! Once you have that and know 100% that you have no electrical problems in that wall - lots of these other ideas sound great.
  • Sheila D Sheila D on Jun 25, 2015
    I agree with lindcurt - get a professional to check it out. It might be minor i.e. insulation or that might be where your hot water lines run.
  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Dec 31, 2020

    There must be some kind of fire or heat coming in so you should contact a professional