Friday, April 17, 2009

U.S. Homeowner Health Problems from Chinese Drywall

Article in the Wall Street Journal -- Homeowner Problems With Chinese-Made Drywall Spread, by Michael Corkery.  Here's an excerpt:

Complaints about foul-smelling Chinese-made drywall that first emerged in a few dozen homes in Florida in January have spread to hundreds of homes in several states, fueling controversy over the Chinese import.

Fearing that the construction material is making them sick, homeowners are moving out of their houses, filing lawsuits and demanding help from lawmakers. Two U.S. senators have proposed a temporary ban on certain Chinese drywall imports. A Chinese government agency is also investigating, according to a Chinese news report.

The actual health effects of the drywall, which is commonly used to construct interior walls, are still unknown. While homeowners attribute bloody noses, sinus problems and headaches to the drywall, the Florida health department said there is no evidence that gases being emitted from the construction material pose a serious health risk.


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We have not yet agreed on the analytical testing yet. We have not even determined the remedial scope or protocols to clean this mess up. Good luck getting any money out of the Chinese companies. Then there are the insurance companies some of the contractors and distributors are not even covered for this so the insurance companies will say. We do not know what long term damage to the health or the property is going to be. Too many questions still unanswered. I have met with some of the top experts in the IAQ field and from around the country in the last month and as an environmental investigator and consultant for 15 years, I think we have a long road ahead of us. Beware of guarantee solution to fixing the problem i.e. fogs, foam, sprays hell we don't even know if this stuff has embedded into the wooden substrates in the wall. We have been getting calls from Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana and Mississippi. We now have evidence of possible fraud we can probable link back to the manufacture or distributors. We would be interested in hearing from people experiencing Chinese Sheetrock problems every case seems to have different details and precursors. We are putting a team of experts together to tackle the long term effects and to opine on the scope and protocols to properly remediate the homes and all the effected personal property.
Rick Hollister CEI, CMR, CLI
Environmental Administrators, Inc
Tallahassee, Fl.

Posted by: Rick Hollister | Apr 18, 2009 11:21:39 AM

We are actually seeing some claims in which the installing contractor is being brought into the product litigation in this area. Carriers tend to deny this claim causing further suits to be filed, but I expect this to drag for some time.

Posted by: JD Preston | Jun 15, 2009 1:09:35 PM

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