Tainted Drywall Warning

July 26th, 2011

By Francine Maglione

For the past couple of months, news outlets have been buzzing with stories of homeowners in southern states including Florida, Louisiana and Alabama that are feeling the negative effects of tainted drywall in their homes.

After tremendous flooding from hurricanes in 2005 and 2006 made the need for drywall in the south skyrocket, contractors began importing drywall from China to build and repair homes with. This drywall has been found to be inferior, however, and has caused a host of problems for homeowners.

CNN recently reported that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has found Chinese-made drywall in some Florida homes. This drywall has reportedly been emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners and dishwashers. The gases have also been corroding copper wires and turning them black.

According to CNN, the Florida Health Department has received more than 140 complaints from homeowners, but there are reports that the drywall may have been used in tens of thousands of homes in the U.S.

This drywall contains high levels of sulfur causing a bad smell and corrosion in piping and wiring. Homeowners reported smelling an odor of rotten eggs and began noticing that their appliances were breaking down – even the newer ones. CNN reported that several class-action lawsuits have sprung up recently because of the alleged tainted drywall.

In February, the St. Petersburg Times reported on houses south of the Tampa Bay area in Florida that were feeling the effects of tainted drywall. The Florida Department of Health received more than three dozen complaints from homeowners across Florida, but mainly in Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties, as well as Pinellas, St. Lucie and Collier.

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