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Chinese Drywall

Chinese Drywall

Reports from building investigators and environmental consultants have caused some alarm about the potential hazards of tainted Chinese drywall . The concern is widespread, largely because most homes and occupied buildings in the United States are built containing large quantities of drywall in its various forms.

Depending on the location and retailer, it is also commonly known as gypsum board, wallboard, plasterboard, Gibraltar board, and Sheetrock (a popular brand name throughout the U.S. market). Primarily used to create the interior walls of homes and offices, sheets of the material are readily available in every home improvement or construction retailer nationwide. Popularity of the product is due in large part to its basic construction.

To create the walling materials, a drywall manufacturer  first collects large amounts of gypsum, which is ground into powder. This is the primary ingredient in all quality construction and drywall repair  products. The gypsum is then combined with a variety of other chemicals, minerals, and other extenders specifically designed to increase the strength and quality of the final sheets. Typically, the gypsum is mixed with: some sort of fibrous material, such as paper or fiberglass; plasticizers and foaming agents; starch or some other kind of retarder; a wide variety of additives designed to protect against fire; and wax emulsions that prevent water adsorption leading to mold and mildew. This concoction is sandwiched between either very heavy paper or strong fiberglass mats, and dried in a kiln.

Installing drywall , rather than using traditional plaster applications, can literally save weeks in the construction of a house. It can be installed in as little as a day, depending on the expertise of the installation team. However, for the typical home, plaster takes over a week to install.

While this process has been used for quite some time, a recent alarming problem with drywall from China  has caused high levels of concern within the industry, and even led to a government investigation into the production and import of goods used to make American homes and other occupied buildings. Chinese drywall victims  claim that the sheets delivered to Florida spread throughout the country. At the time of this writing, the giant home improvement stores Lowe’s and Home Depot claimed that they received none of the tainted products.

However, victims and government scientists investigating these drywall problems  discovered that the Florida drywall  originating in China may not be the only product causing problems. In fact, investigators found that, while these poor Chinese-made goods gave off more harmful fumes than their counterparts, American materials also gave off fumes. However, they were careful to point out that sheets made in the United States produced far fewer fumes, probably due to the better materials.

The signs of toxic drywall  are fairly obvious to the people inhabiting the buildings constructed with the materials. The most commonly reported sign is a sulfuric or rotten egg smell. This smell is an obvious indicator of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that can cause lasting damage to your home and body. In fact, hydrogen sulfide is considered to be what is called a “broad-spectrum” poison. Unlike other poisons that affect specific parts of the body, this dangerous chemical can actually poison many different natural systems. Symptoms of exposure to this gas include:

  • Sore throat and cough

  • Nausea

  • Fluid in the lungs

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

Another problem with the poor quality China drywall  is the damage it causes to pipes and wiring. The toxic gas emitted can corrode copper piping. In extreme cases, it is possible that this could cause structural damage to the pipe. It also turns silver jewelry and fixtures black, and can even damage metal electrical wiring, potentially causing shorts and, eventually, fires. Many victims have reported that light switches stop working, and they have to replace expensive electronic equipment frequently.

Although Lennar Homes Florida  has received most of the media attention for using these poor products, and not fixing the issue once it is discovered, many others have been affected. In fact, much of the problem stems from the popular Knauf drywall , which can be bought freely on the market. For this reason, it is still important to check the source of goods before they are purchased. In this case, the information is typically printed on the back of the sheet, and will usually indicate that it was “Made in China” or from “Knauf Tianjin.”

If you or anyone you know lives or works in an area that smells like rotten eggs, have the problem checked immediately. Regardless of the source, seek medical attention. Once your problems have been documented by a qualified medical professional, seek legal help. Qualified attorneys and lawyers are the only ones that will be able to help you secure and pursue your rights under the law if you have been harmed by Chinese drywall.


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