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Chinese Drywall – A Danger Lurking Behind Walls

If you have Chinese drywall inside your home, your health and your home are at risk.

What is Chinese drywall?

It’s drywall that was made in China and imported to the U.S.  Usually, contractors around the U.S. use drywall that was made here.  However, after all of the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, there was such a demand for drywall that the domestic drywall producers couldn’t keep up.  Builders and contractors had to head to China for drywall – not knowing that it’s actually dangerous.

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 houses and apartments had Chinese drywall installed inside of them.  Since 2003, more than 500 million pounds of Chinese drywall were installed in both newly constructed homes and homes that had to be remodeled.  Because of all of the hurricane damage here in Florida – and all of the homes that were rebuilt and remodeled after the storms – Chinese drywall is an especially large problem.

In 2010, after years of research and problems, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that any homes made with Chinese drywall need to be gutted.

What problems does Chinese drywall cause?

It smells like rotten eggs.  In fact, a distinctive smell is how many people find out that their home has Chinese drywall inside of it.
While the smell is uncomfortable, Chinese drywall is actually dangerous for both people and pets.  It causes physical symptoms like:

  • Irritated or itchy eyes and skin
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing
  • Bloody noses
  • Headaches
  • Sinus problems
  • Asthma attacks

Normally, you can tell if these symptoms are from Chinese drywall because they will go away whenever you’re not at home.  If you only feel sick inside your house, you need to get a professional to see if Chinese drywall is to blame.

Chinese drywall is also dangerous for your home.  It gives off sulfuric gases, which corrode electrical lines, appliance coils, copper lines, and framing nails.  If you have Chinese drywall in your home, you will eventually have to deal with electrical problems.

The corrosion from Chinese drywall is easy to spot.  It does not look like rust.  Instead, it looks dark, like the metal was painted or stained.
Unfortunately, high heat and humidity bring out the very worst in Chinese drywall – both of which are prevalent here in the Bay Area.  Warm, moist conditions can speed up the devastation of Chinese drywall. 

Chinese drywall can also damage your bank account.  People do not want to buy or rent homes that have Chinese drywall in them, so if you need to sell or lease your home, you could have a big problem.

What do you do if you think you have Chinese drywall?

The experts at Disaster Restoration Services know how to spot Chinese drywall, how to dispose of it, and how to get your home safe again.