Chinese Drywall Started Coming into the United States in 2001
"Chinese drywall refers to drywall imported from China (from approximately 2001 to 2007) which contains extraneous metals and minerals, such as sulfur, strontium and iron. Under certain environmental conditions (typically warm, humid climates), the drywall will emit sulfur gasses. These gasses create a noxious odor and corrode copper and other metal surfaces, which can damage one's air conditioner, electrical wiring, copper plumbing, appliances and electronics. Chinese drywall can also cause adverse health effects, which are primarily irritant and temporary in nature. Long term health effects are unknown. Not all drywall manufactured in China is defective." Source: Chinese Drywall . com
Chinese Drywall Problems by State
The continental US has seen a lot of bad Chinese Drywall Spread out in areas subject to high humidity. These graphs show a breakdown of affected areas:
How Do You Know If You Have "BAD" Drywall From China?
If your Huntsville AL home was built or had major remodeling done between 2001 and 2009, it’s possible that you have bad Chinese drywall installed in your home. During the huge construction boon as well as all the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 construction companies in the US had to buy their drywall overseas, mainly China. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has compiled a webpage with extensive information to help homeowners to identify bad Chinese drywall.
Signs that Your Home Walls May Have Toxic Drywall
- The smell of sulfur, often likened to rotten eggs
- Home air-conditioning systems failing often (due to corrosion on copper wiring)
- Stove and oven heating elements and refrigerator coils have been failing
- Failure of information displays on TVs, DVD players, radios and microwaves
- Light bulbs burning out at a faster rate
- Silver jewelry and utensils may be tarnished
- Failure of satellite TV receivers
If you suspect that your home has toxic drywall, call a professional Huntsville Alabama drywall remediation expert without delay. Radon Solution and Services of North Alabama, Inc. has years of experience with residential homes, schools, government and large commercial buildings. We are licensed, insured & certified by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). If you have any questions, or would like an inspection, please give us a call at 256-539-7236 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.