Chinese Drywall Linked to Corrosion - New York Times

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The New York Times wrote a story today about an issue many homeowners down south have had with drywall leeching chemicals causing a host of problems in homes.

Chinese Drywall Linked to Corrosion
Published: November 24, 2009
Federal investigators reported a “strong association” between chemicals in Chinese drywall and complaints by homeowners of metal and electrical corrosion.
Building materials are a global commodity today, it used to be that your household renovations or improvements were sourced and supplied locally. The report details problems with hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals being emmitted by drywall said to be from Chinese manufacturers. This is proving to be a difficult set of problems for homeowners finding themselves trying to remedy the situation and ultimately who will pay for the work & associated problems.
Do you go after the local contractor who installed it? Do you go after the local supplier who stocked it? Do you go after the government regulators who oversee importation of goods? Do you go after the chinese exporters? Do you go after the chinese manufacturers? All the while this material sits in your home allegedly damaging your health, property & safety. What can be done and what will be done in the future to avoid this happening again?
Another news reported a group attempting to get a class action lawsuit together to fight for compensation but this could take years, what relief is there in the short term? The report says that this problem is mainly being found in the sunbelt states but it's something that every homeowner everywhere needs to be aware of.
Make sure to consult with any contractor working in or on your property to make sure you get copies of receipts for all materials used and the manufacturer info so that if there is a problem like this with a material used in your property you'll know sooner and be able to protect your rights. Keep these records & make sure you research potential problems with different materials prior to work being completed and accepted. Have a home inspection & environmental testing done ASAP if you suspect problems prior to removal to document the problem. Make sure to save evidence of materials & problems. Check with your local, state & federal consumer protection agency etc. for similar reports. The internet makes this type of information tough to hide, it may take alot of searching though.
It will be interesting to see how this issue is addressed and worked on.
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