Chinese Drywall -- Attention Homeowners
Class-action lawsuits allege defective drywall has caused problems in at least three states -- Florida, Louisiana and Alabama. Many homes built between 2004 and 2006 contain drywall imported from China. The drywall releases harmful sulfur compounds into the home that have been linked to corrosion of air conditioning units, electrical wiring and jewelry. Residents may notice a foul odor, like rotten eggs and have reported breathing problems, nose bleeds, coughing and irritation of sinuses, eyes and throat.
Indicators of defective drywall:
- Home may have a slight or strong, sulfur, rotten egg or even acid type smell.
- Stove top, Air conditioning coils, oven elements, and refrigerators may be failing at an unusually high rate—often within a year or less.
- Silver jewelry or flatware may be tarnishing within months or even weeks. Mirrors might turn black.
- Homeowner or family member may have experienced symptoms of severe allergies, nose bleeds, or upper respiratory problems since moving into the home.
- Is Drywall the Next Chinese Import Scandal?
(Time) -- Soon after Danie Beck and her husband bought their two-story town house west of Miami in the summer of 2006, she thought an animal had died somewhere behind the walls. View Article
- Homestead developer sued over Chinese drywall
(SFBJ) -- Two Miami-based law firms have launched the latest class action lawsuit targeting manufacturers of Chinese drywall. View Article
- Chinese-made drywall ruining homes, owners say
(CNN) -- Officials are looking into claims that Chinese-made drywall installed in some Florida homes is emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. View Article
- Fla. suit alleges 'rotten egg' drywall from China
(Forbes) -- Up to 65,000 new homes in the Southeast and California - including 30,000 in Florida - could contain sulfur-emitting Chinese drywall that reeks of rotten eggs, destroys residential wiring and appliances and could cause health problems, a lawyer heading a consumer lawsuit said.