Chinese Drywall Problems & Issues?

The federal government is recommending that homeowners with corroded Chinese drywall remove all the material from their homes, along with electrical components, sprinklers and gas lines, to eliminate potential health and safety problems.

The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed.
Apparently there are health issues with Chinese Drywalls.

Can anyone explain to me what the problem is Chinese drywalls and why they should be removed? What's the issue? Why is the government asking to remove them?
Do they make you sick? What are the symptoms?

asked by Jeremiah in Decorating & Remodeling | 3326 views | 04-03-2010 at 12:48 AM

Anyone who has Chinese drywall in their homes should tear it out immediately, because it could be toxic, according to federal authorities. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development made the announcement today telling people how to repair their homes.

A certain drywall made in China should be removed from homes after it has been found to cause corrosion of the electrical wiring, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Material in the drywall also contains hydrogen sulfide. The symptoms are coughing, sinus infections and eye irritation.

Most complaints are coming from homes built after 2004-2005 in the Florida and Louisiana areas, which were hit by hurricanes during those seasons. There have been about 3,000 complaints.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission began receiving complaints in late 2008 about sulfur odors in Florida homes built in 2006 and 2007, according to a November report. Homeowners reported illnesses, air-conditioning failures and visible corrosion of metals such as electrical wires in the walls.

Florida homeowners make up almost 60 percent of the complaints, according to the consumer agency.

There have been over three thousand complaints about dangerous drywall in the United States alone.

In January the US government warned that metal corrosion, blackening of copper electrical wiring, or "confirmed markings of Chinese origin" could be indicators of a problem.

About 2,100 homeowners have filed suit in federal court in New Orleans against Chinese manufacturers and U.S. companies that sold the drywall. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon is expected to rule soon in a pivotal case against the Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., the only Chinese company that has responded to U.S. suits.

"Based on the scientific work to date, removing the problem drywall is the best solution currently available to homeowners," said Inez Tenenbaum, the chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. She added that the interim recommendations are being released before scientific studies on problem drywall are completed "so that homeowners can begin re-mediating their homes."

The question of who will pay for what could be billions of dollars in repairs to tens of thousands of homes remains unresolved, even as the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development offered their advice.

answered by Diego | 04-03-2010 at 12:51 AM

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