Between the years of 2004 and 2007, during the construction boom, over 550 million pounds of chinese drywall was imported into the United States, enough to build over 600,000 homes. It was unknown at the time, however the process used to manufacture this drywall caused the gypsum to emit toxic gases in high humidity environments. Sources currently estimate that up to 100,000 homes may still be affected by toxic chinese drywall.
Laboratory tests of imported drywall have identified emissions of carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. These emissions, which have the odor of rotten eggs, worsen as temperature and humidity rise.
There are numerous effects of the release of toxic chinese drywall gases. Copper pipes, wiring, and air conditioner coils are affected, as well as silver jewelry. The gases cause copper surfaces to turn black and powdery, a chemical process indicative of reaction with hydrogen sulfide.
You can only imagine the health effects if you are breathing this gas daily. Homeowners and workers report respiratory tract infections, sinus problems, nosebleeds & other serious conditions arising from exposure to toxic chinese drywall.
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On April 3, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") released Interim Remediation Guidance for Homes with Problem Drywall recommending that homeowners remove and replace “all possible problem drywall”; all fire safety alarm devices (including smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms); all electrical components and wiring (insulated and uninsulated), including outlets, switches and circuit breakers); and all gas service piping and fire suppression sprinkler systems.
Homeowners need to understand that this is not a remediation protocol - it is an interim guidance. There are many items that were not addressed by the CPSC which may need to be replaced, such as air conditioners, but do not necessarily impact health and safety and, thus, no recommendations were made by the CPSC.
Our restoration goal is to offer a "turn key" solution for your Chinese drywall problems. This means that you, the homeowner or business owner, can hand DRIRITE your keys and in a few weeks we'll hand those keys back to you with everything in it's place as before.
Not all restortation companies are made equal. Where many cut corners, DRIRITE of Tampa's restoration specialists practice complete de-construction and micro cleaning. This means all of the insulation, all electrical wiring, garage door opener, along with each and every electrical appliance (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer), the security system goes... right down to the bare studs.
If you have chinese drywall in your home or business, here are the items that are strongly suggested to be replaced.
Pricing can greatly vary depending on the amount of drywall installed on the property. Call DRIRITE for a free scheduled estimate to determine the level of service needed.
Homes built from 2004 - 2010 may have chinese drywall. See images of its effects.
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