Etacop, Home Buyer in Bonita Springs, FL

How do we determine if Chinese drywall was used in the construction of a home?

Asked by Etacop, Bonita Springs, FL Wed Jul 3, 2013

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Defective drywall is fairly easy to spot, but a professional inspection is the way to go to confirm whether or not a property has it. Most homes that have defective drywall were built in 2004, 2005 and 2006 but that is no guarantee that other homes may have some elements of it. one other fact yo consider is that the great majority of homes affected by defective drywall, have been purchased by investors, remediated and resold. So, a large amount of the defective drywall inventory has been "fixed" as it were but there are still properties out there that have it.

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This has been such great advice! Thank you, Terence. I never knew how to tell if I had faulty drywall. I've been noticing problems with it lately, and I think I'll see if my drywall is worth fixing.
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Nearly 1,900 homeowners in Lee County have asked for property tax relief because their homes have been tainted by Defective drywall, but the scope is wider because many owners don’t disclose the contamination.

A database from the property appraiser’s office, published on, lists the homes whose owners have asked for relief so property taxes on their homes can be reduced to zero.
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We always recommend a home inspection after escrow is opened, so it will show up. or
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It's pretty noticeable when you're in the property. It emits a sulfur smell that you can't miss. If you are still suspicious I can assist with finding some answers. When all is said and done an inspection is recommended. As I said I can assist you and will happily work with you on finding the right place at the right price...with or without defective drywall. I also have contractors on hand that can estimate the remediation costs if needed. Give me a call or email me sometime.

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Your agent will easily be able to answer this for you. You will also be allowed an inspection period to determine. It is pretty easily identifiable. Let me know if you need any assistance.
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Hello, Positively have a certified home inspector do your inspection. Most buyers do not want to do this prior to putting a contract on a home. This of course could become costly if you did an inspection on even a few properties prior to placing a contract on one since the inspection could cost around $300. Therefore, my recommendation is to have an experienced Realtor help you through this process. There are a couple of important things Realtors have access to that will assist a buyer and save lots of valuable time.

1. Resources include the local MLS service which gives agents access to confidential remarks about the condition of a property such as "evidence of defective drywall". BTW, not all of the drywall that was poorly manufactured came from China.

2. A good Realtor will have experience with all of the aspects of the appearance of "defective" drywall. Some of which include: a distinct odor described as a sour sulfur smell, like someone just struck a match; black sooted ground wires in wall plugs; tarnished mirrors; A/C and refrigerator coils are black and sooty. This is just to name a few.

As I initially recommended the home inspector will make the final determination if a property has defective drywall. Our Florida purchase contracts allow the buyer to have up to 15 days to do their due diligence in all aspects of the property whether it is a home, condo, villa, duplex, townhome or coach home.

In the years of 2003 - 2007 there was an explosive increase of building going on in the United States. Florida was one of the hardest hit by buyers wanting their piece of paradise. Builders swarmed in along with all sorts of creative financing. Drywall manufacturers were faced with a demand for product bigger than they had ever experienced. These manufactureres were looking for solutions that would give them quicker setup of the drywall forms. These experiments lead them to a chemical called formaldehyde. The long term effects of the use of this chemical was unknown. Unfortunately, builders were at their mercy. The first detections didn't really surface until 2005-2007. They started with breathing and respitory problems especially in small children. I remember a friend of mine commenting on how she thought it was strange that her gold jewelry was turning green on her wrists and fingers. They were also having multiple service calls on their a/c unit. They ended up moving out of their home and having it remediated.

The good thing is that there have been great strides in the remediation of the defective drywall. There are inspections that are required during the process and certain guidelines have to be met in order to have the property certified. The certification will allow the new home buyer to be able to buy home insurance on the property. You can find more details on the required remediation on my website.

Thanks for your question and I look forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs.

Sarah Garrett, Realtor
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Elacop: There are a few signs that are typical of Chinese drywall signs as electrical wire turning black, coper corosion specially in he HVAC system,sulfure smell moisture-laden gypsum along the wallboards, and even corrosion on mirrors and metal plumbing. I am not an inspector and The best way to dertermine if there is some chinese drywall is to get an inspection by an Expert Drywall Inspector. Typically chinese drywall homes where built from 2001 to 2007, however we cannot be sure when someone used it last or storred it untill using it for an addition or remodeling job.
I do have a few good Inspectors who can help you and I'll be glad to e-mail you their info.
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The problem detecting Chinese drywall is there could be one sheet or a hundred sheets...and where is the problem material located? A common home inspection may not be able to identify this material, especially if there is a minor amount in the home.

Typically, the inspector will look for indicators such as blackened copper wire, AC evidence, Chinese writing on drywall edging, etc. There is a company that guarantees that a home is free from this material with their inspection process. They use an X-ray type process that involves taking images of every sheet of drywall in the home and issue a warranty statement. The process is a little expensive and cost in the range of $600.00, depending on the size of the structure.

Consider looking up Greentree Environmental Services, Inc. (located in Cape Coral) or calling them at 239-322-8969.

Good luck,

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Stengel Home Inspections
Shannon Stengel
13180 N. Cleveland Ave N. Fort Myers, FL 33903
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Home Team Inspection Services is another great inspection company 489-3334. Bill Jurek and Pam Jensen have been doing inspections here since 1994 and have been at the forefront of the defective drywall issues
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You hire a good Inspection Company. I recommend Orion Inspections. They test for chinese drywall in their general inspection and do not charge more for that. It is part of the price they quote for the general inspection. Kevin Berry is the owner and Alan Berube is another of the inspectors. Both are very good.

Please contact me directly if you need further information for them.
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Certain communities and builders are known to have had Chinese drywall issues, but the only way to know with any certainty on a specific home is to have a defective drywall inspection conducted by a licensed inspector. They will do more than just a visual inspection of the wiring and appliances; they will also remove a sample of the drywall for testing.

For homes built 2001 and later, I always include a defective drywall addendum that allows you cancel your contract within the inspection period.

I'd be glad to send you a copy...just email

Bev LaLonde
Broker Associate
Florida Home Realty
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