Thousands of homes in Florida and throughout the United States that were built between 2004 and 2007, may contain defective drywall imported from China. The Chinese drywall contains dangerously high concentrations of sulfur, which could produce a rotten egg smell, destroy the homes electrical wiring and potentially cause other problems.
STATUS OF DRYWALL CLASS ACTION SUITS: A growing number of defective Chinese drywall lawsuits have been filed in Florida and in other states on behalf of homeowners who have had to remove the drywall throughout their home and replace air conditioning units and other appliances.
OVERVIEW: During the home construction boom between 2004 and 2006, a limited supply of drywall manufactured in the United States led many home builders to use drywall imported from China.
Millions of pound of defective drywall was imported from China, which could have been used throughout the United States in as many as 300,000 recently built homes.
These homeowners may be required to have every piece of drywall throughout their home removed and replaced at great expense. In some cases, the wodden frame of the home itself may have become permeated with the airborne sulfuric acid and smell of rotten eggs.
High levels of sulfur emitted by the drywall may also corrode the electrical wiring throughout the home and destroy air conditioning units and other appliances. Potential health concerns have also been linked to the drywall, such as insomnia, nosebleeds, headaches and breathing difficulties.
DEFECTIVE DRYWALL PROBLEMS: The defective drywall imported from China was made with fly ash residue, which is a waste material captured from chimneys of coal-fired power plants. The sheets contain sulfur compounds, which could cause homeowners to experience drywall problems if it becomes exposed to moisture or humidity.
Problems with the drywall could include:
- Smell of Rotten Eggs
- Failure of the Home’s Air Conditioning Units
- Corroded Electrical Wiring
- Siilver Jewelry or Piping Turning Black
Potential health concerns that could also be linked to the defective drywall from China include:
- Respiratory Irritation
- Eye Irritation
- Nose Bleeds
- Coughing or Difficulty Breathing