Signs of Chinese drywall include strong sulfur odors, corrosion of copper wiring, failure of air conditioning units, frequent headaches, and irritated eyes. If you believe your home was built with Chinese drywall, fill out the form to receive a Free Case Evaluation today.
Between 2004 and 2007, thousands of homes throughout the country were built with Chinese drywall after a construction boom and several hurricanes led to a shortage in domestic drywall. This drywall is now believed to be defective, and has been found to cause strong sulfur odors, property damage, and certain health symptoms. Some sources estimate that more than 500 million pounds of potentially defective Chinese drywall entered America during this period.
The exact cause of defective drywall problems is still uncertain, and research is currently being conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and numerous other agencies. Initial results of the CPSC Chinese Drywall study were released in October 2009. A majority of the 810 Chinese drywall complaints the CPSC has received since last December have come from Florida (621). However, reports have come from residents in 23 states throughout the country, indicating that this is a national problem. The state with the second highest number of complaints is Louisiana (105). Several companies have been linked to the Chinese drywall, including manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. of China and building companies Lennar Homes and Taylor Morrison.
In many cases, the most obvious sign of Chinese drywall is a strong sulfurous odor in the home, similar to the smell of rotten eggs. The corrosion of copper coils in air conditioning units, tarnishing of silver jewelry and silverware, and blackened and corroded metal components in the home are additional signs to look for if you suspect Chinese drywall in your home. Problems with electrical wires and appliances may also be caused by the sulfur compound emitted by the drywall.
The long term health effects of exposure to Chinese drywall are unknown at this time. However, some residents of homes built with Chinese drywall have complained of various symptoms that lessen or go away when they are away from their home. These symptoms return upon re-entry, so it appears that they are short-term and related to something within the home. The most commonly reported symptoms include:
Several Chinese drywall class action lawsuits have already been filed, as consumers seek to recover compensation for property damage and other problems related to the defective drywall. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order centralizing In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2047 in June 2009. This order consolidated all federal Chinese drywall lawsuits filed on behalf of homeowners throughout the United States in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Attorney Scott Weinstein of Morgan & Morgan, PA has been named to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) for the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation.
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