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Faeshicage It also includes components such as electrical and plumbing that may not be functioning or need repair. Tests conducted fhinese imported Chinese drywall by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA found sulfur levels from 83 to parts per million ppm. Corroded copper in refrigerator. Lets also keep hiring non english speaking non american workers to do the work. Toxic so laws, via permit, may require a licensed contractor in toxic remediation. The field investigator had a rash on their arm shortly after being in the home.

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Background[ edit ] Drywall , also known as plasterboard, is a building material typically consisting of gypsum -based plaster extruded between two thick sheets of paper and kiln -dried. Drywall was imported by the United States during the construction boom between and , spurred by a shortage of American-made drywall due to the rebuilding demand of nine hurricanes that hit Florida from to , and widespread damage caused along the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina in An analysis covering drywall imports since January showed that more than million pounds of Chinese drywall was brought into the United States since then, enough to build 60, average-sized homes.

The Florida Department of Health advised homeowners worried about tainted drywall to check copper tubing coils located in air conditioning and refrigeration units for signs of corrosion caused by hydrogen sulfide, as these are usually the first signs of the issue.

Homeowners who have verified that their home contains contaminated Chinese drywall are advised to replace any suspect drywall, as well as any potentially damaged copper electrical wiring, fire alarm systems, copper piping, and gas piping.

Much of the other contaminated drywall has no markings, making it difficult to identify its origin. Time magazine reports that more than million pounds of drywall has been imported from China since , including much from the known principal manufacturer of the contaminated drywall, Knauf. However, domestic drywall manufacturing averages over 15 million tons 30, million pounds per year, leaving imported Chinese drywall with only a small portion of the market.

It is estimated that this imported drywall has been used to construct approximately 60, homes. A home may have been built with drywall from several sources, American and imported. Random samples of new American-made drywall in six U. The report results stated: As expected, the contaminated Chinese samples gave off high levels of sulfur gases.

But all but one of the U. There were some American products that we tested that had higher emission than some of the new Chinese products that we tested. In February , U. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida sent a letter to the U.

Consumer Product Safety Commission and the EPA, asking them to jointly investigate whether the Chinese drywall is toxic, and to determine the extent of potential damage to homes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission launched a formal investigation. In November , the CPSC reported on an indoor air study conducted by the Center for Disease Control CDC comparing 41 "complaint" homes in five states with 10 control homes built around the same time.

The report found a "strong association" between the imported drywall and levels of hydrogen sulfide gas and metal corrosion in the complaint homes. This suggests that pyrite oxidation may be the source of the sulfur compounds released by Chinese drywall. Samples of non-contaminated drywall were found to contain only minuscule levels of A. However, it is believed that short-term exposure, over the period of a few hours, can result in sore throat, eye irritation, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and nausea.

Long term exposure, over a period of weeks, is believed to cause chronic fatigue , insomnia , loss of appetite, dizziness, irritability, headaches, and memory loss. The Center for Disease Control, in collaboration with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry , released a guide indicating the residents of affected homes reported irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, bloody noses, runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infection, and asthma attacks.

The Palm Beach Post found that of 47 remediation and inspection companies checked, 26 were created since January , and only 18 of the 47 were run by licensed contractors. In Florida, lack of legal regulation allows anyone to "remediate" drywall problems, regardless of training or professional qualifications. In October , U. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon in New Orleans endorsed a settlement in which Knauf Group will pay for the repair of homes of the 3, involved in one particular case.

The homes are in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, but no Texas and Virginia homes are affected by the agreement. In March , a New Orleans judge ruled that the damage was covered under a home insurance policy. The standard policy contained an exception to an exclusion for pollution which allowed coverage if the pollution came from the products of the insured, but insurers had revised the policies to incorporate a "total pollution exclusion" which has no exception.

Even without a total pollution exclusion, around insurers began inserting another provision to deny construction defect claims. The IRS has categorized the copper corrosion from the sulfur gasses emitted by the imported drywall as " casualty loss ", and is in a similar category to property damage after a catastrophic event, such as a hurricane.

However, homeowners can only claim a deduction after repairing the affected area s , and much controversy has arisen because of the great out-of-pocket expense to affected homeowners. Phosphogypsum is radioactive due to the presence of naturally occurring uranium and radium in the phosphate ore. The substance has been banned for use in U. S construction since

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VA St. Thank you very very much for coming out and inform the public about your experience with Adams. I just checked an Adams home today and was quite interested in a new house. Thanks again and good luck to you! I live in North Carolina and wondering if you have heard of any complaints from NC. I have had health problems like those described but I feel like I need more documentation before I just abandon my home.

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Yojas I would start by finding out if your house has their drywall in it, and go from there. Now, we are unable to live in the home because we are getting sick. Some of those complaints alleged the real estate licensee failed to provide various written disclosures. Let us know if you have any luck getting it repaired! Failure to do so, the buyer may not terminate the contract. Email required Address never made public.

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Background[ edit ] Drywall , also known as plasterboard, is a building material typically consisting of gypsum -based plaster extruded between two thick sheets of paper and kiln -dried. Drywall was imported by the United States during the construction boom between and , spurred by a shortage of American-made drywall due to the rebuilding demand of nine hurricanes that hit Florida from to , and widespread damage caused along the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina in An analysis covering drywall imports since January showed that more than million pounds of Chinese drywall was brought into the United States since then, enough to build 60, average-sized homes. The Florida Department of Health advised homeowners worried about tainted drywall to check copper tubing coils located in air conditioning and refrigeration units for signs of corrosion caused by hydrogen sulfide, as these are usually the first signs of the issue. Homeowners who have verified that their home contains contaminated Chinese drywall are advised to replace any suspect drywall, as well as any potentially damaged copper electrical wiring, fire alarm systems, copper piping, and gas piping. Much of the other contaminated drywall has no markings, making it difficult to identify its origin.

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Most home buyers and sellers in Florida are asked to sign a Defective Drywall Addendum. But do you actually know what it means? Here is a quick run-down. Florida is known to have had the most cases of defective drywall with over Florida Homeowners effected. This drywall was imported mostly between and , when the housing boom was really exploding, and many post hurricane renovations and repairs occurred; materials were in high demand. Defective drywall has been used in over 20, U. In everyday terms these toxic chemicals would cause a sulfuric or rotten egg smell in the homes when the doors and windows were shut,copper wiring would have signs of corrosion, fabrics and furniture would have discoloration and staining, jewelry and silverware would blacken, and even appliances such as the air conditioner or microwave would have signs of damage.

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