As we reported here in February, Chinese drywall is becoming a significant health concern in addition to costing homeowners thousands to replace it. Current estimates are that between 350,000 to 500,000 US homes contain toxic Chinese drywall throughout the Gulf States, specifically Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and others. Exposure to toxic Chinese drywall is potentially lethal. The gases emitted by toxic Chinese drywall are not only strong enough to corrode various metals, they have also led to severe upper respiratory issues including nose bleeds, headaches, rashes, with the potential of cancer or other long term serious health affects.
The drywall was most often used as a cheaper alternative in new home construction and in home repairs/remodeling between 2003 and 2007 due to surging home prices; however the earliest reports of its use in the US market are in 2001.
The presence of the chinese drywall is most commonly discovered after homeowners encounter a rotten-egg smell in the home, the result of a chemical reaction that occurs when the drywall is exposed to consistent heat and humidity. The sulfur-heavy fumes cause metals and wires to deteriorate, especially air conditioning parts and jewelry. Furthermore, according to the CDC, prolonged exposure to the compound can cause breathing problems, chest pains, nervous system issues, and even death.
The economic damages and health consequences of this drywall can be devastating. If you think that you may have chinese drywall in your home, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.