Sunday, July 24, 2011

On Chinese Drywall

After the great hurricane Katrina there was a tremendous amount of new home construction in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. This led to a shortage of American drywall. So companies begin to import Chinese drywall it was also much cheaper than the American counterpart.

Many new homes were constructed with this cheap drywall imported from China. Unbeknown to most people this was a very serious and dangerous mistake. Between 2004 and 2008 contractors imported 540,000,000 pounds of drywall from China. It is estimated that roughly 100,000 homes may have been built with this defective drywall throughout the United States.

Here are some of the symptoms to look for if you think your home contains any of this defective drywall from China. A foul smell coming from your walls if this is a newly built home. Inspect the copper pipe on your hot water heater if they have turned black this is also a sign. If you start to experience sinus problems, muscle aches, and dizzy spells while living in your home then you definitely have a drywall problem. This drywall is so toxic it can damage the wiring and plumbing in your home. Some homeowners had to relocate while repairs were being done on their home because all new material had to be installed.

If you are worried that your home may contain some of this toxic drywall. The Florida Atty. Gen. recommends you perform an inspection if you do not see a stamp that says "Made In" or a company name on the drywall you should contact a builder or licensed contractor and get their opinion.

So if you are looking to purchase a new home or even an older one and suspect there could be Chinese drywall run from this deal as quickly as possible do not put yourself through the mystery and heartbreak this could cause you no matter how good the deal is.

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