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Bad drywall from China?
Posted by NERCC on March 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Health and building officials in Florida are looking into the possibility that drywall made in China and installed in US homes could be dangerous to residents' health. It is also alleged that it does damage to wiring.

The complaints seem to be coming from homes built or renovated around 2005 and 2006 in Florida, though it could be more widespread. There is no information available at this time pertaining to the name of the brand names of drywall involved, where it was sold in the country or by what suppliers.

(CNN) -- Officials are looking into claims that Chinese-made drywall installed in some Florida homes is emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says.
Gas emitted from defective drywall corrodes copper wiring, turning it black, some Florida homeowners say.

Gas emitted from defective drywall corrodes copper wiring, turning it black, some Florida homeowners say.

The Florida Health Department, which is investigating whether the drywall poses any health risks, said it has received more than 140 homeowner complaints. And class-action lawsuits allege defective drywall has caused problems in at least three states -- Florida, Louisiana and Alabama -- while some attorneys involved claim such drywall may have been used in tens of thousands of U.S. homes.

Homeowners' lawsuits contend the drywall has caused them to suffer health problems such as headaches and sore throats and face huge repair expenses.

The drywall is alleged to have high levels of sulfur and, according to homeowners' complaints, the sulfur-based gases smell of rotten eggs and corrode piping and wiring, causing electronics and appliances to fail.

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