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Chinese Drywall Services

Corrosive (Chinese) Drywall Inspections in the Tampa Bay Area

DRIRITE® has inspected and remediated thousands of homes throughout Tampa Bay. When homeowners discover drywall releases toxins in the air that may damage certain appliances or wiring, they call the experts at DRIRITE®. Our professional inspectors discover corrosive components, deliver a report of our findings, and provide recommendations.

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Why Is Chinese Drywall Harmful_

What is Chinese Drywall?

Chinese drywall, also called corrosive drywall, references faulty construction plasterboard imported from China.  Used to create walls and ceilings, Chinese drywall was installed in over 100,000 homes throughout 20 states. Throughout the housing boom of the mid-2000s and the destructive hurricanes that rocked the southern region, houses were being built and remodeled at an extremely high rate. Though originally thought to be a minor issue, we’ve since discovered it is much more serious. 

Why Is Chinese Drywall Harmful?

When exposed to the hot, humid climate of southern states, Chinese drywall emits harmful gases. These fumes then travel throughout your home and coat surrounding materials and furniture in toxic chemicals. 

Unfortunately, the emitted gas also causes serious health effects, including but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Bloody noses
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability

How to Detect Chinese Drywall in Your Home

In most cases, you can detect Chinese drywall in one of three ways: 

  1. Copper components turning black: Copper electrical wiring and air conditioning evaporator coils can be affected by high hydrogen sulfide caused by drywall vapors.
  2. Supporting evidence: If you notice copper components turning black, look for other signs of corrosion, like Chinese text on the drywall.
  3. Lab testing: A qualified technician may also be done to test for elemental sulfur or copper sulfide deposits on copper components of your home.

*Other signs of contaminated drywall could be one or more of the following: 

  • Rotten egg stench caused by sulfur
  • Appliance and electronic failure
What Is Chinese Drywall

How Our Process Works

Inspection

Since it usually causes black residue, examining the copper components of your business or home can indicate corrosive drywall. This includes but isn’t limited to copper wiring, copper supply lines, and HVAC equipment.

Next Steps

If DRIRITE® inspectors believe there may be cause for concern, we’ll detail a plan of action, ensuring your establishment remains a safe place to reside. 

Visible Swabs

Our technicians can sample possible toxic drywall to submit for official lab testing. This process can take a few business days to receive accurate results from the lab.

Smell

Typically, the contaminated drywall leads to your property emitting foul, rotten egg odors. However, the smell alone shouldn’t be your only indication of an abnormality.  

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Chinese Drywall Inspection Guarantee

We know how difficult it is to choose a professional remediation company to service your home. But you can rest assured DRIRITE® is the right solution. We offer complimentary in-home consultations, so you have the opportunity to ask us as many questions and learn as much as you can about the remediation process. 

The best solution to your Chinese drywall issue is to completely remove it from your home, fix impacted areas, and install new drywall. Our certified contractors will properly remove, dispose of, and install new drywall, electrical, and plumbing components.

Tampa’s corrosive drywall inspection provides a level of confidence that only DRIRITE® can give. 

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