Chinese Drywall Testing

“Can you tell me if my home was built using Chinese Drywall?” We get this question from our clients frequently. Unfortunately by the time we are inside your home to perform our home inspection, the drywall is already hanging, painted over and covered by insulation. However, there are a few observations that can be performed to give you an idea of IF the home you are considering was built with Chinese drywall.

1. This product was imported and being installed in homes built or remodeled between the years 2001 and 2009. (according to the CPSC)

2. Homes that were built with Chinese drywall have been known to have a “rotten egg” smell due to its high Sulfur content.

3. The electrical wiring and the air conditioner coils can appear black or corroded.

4. Homeowners have complained of having a sore throat, sinus irritation, coughing, wheezing, headache, dry or burning eyes, and respiratory infections.

There are currently no Federally-approved testing kits or remediation methods that exist.  You should be on the alert for anyone trying to sell test kits, inspections, or quick fixes for tainted drywall.

Please follow this link:  To get more information from the CPSC regarding how to tell if your home has Chinese drywall.  There are also pictures of black or corroded copper pipes, air conditioner coils and water lines to give you an idea of what to look out for.

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