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Chinese drywall includes most defective drywall that was imported from China from 2001 to 2007. Mostly homes built in 2006 will raise a red flag in Cape Coral. This tainted drywall emits sulfuric gas and noxious odors and can cause corrosion on metal surfaces, internal writing, appliances and electronics.
Dangers from Chinese Drywall
Corrosion resulting from Chinese Drywall can create issues with electrical appliances, including alarm systems and smoke detectors. In very high concentrations, Chinese drywall emits hydrogen sulfide, a dangerous gas that is considered fatal in high levels. The highly toxic compounds found in this drywall can be particularly dangerous to growing children. It affects not only their bone growth but also their nervous system.
Signs of Chinese Drywall
Rotten egg, sulfur or ammonia smells upon entering your home can be signs of Chinese drywall. Not all owners report these smells, so it is important that you look for signs of corroded copper wires, air
conditioning coils, and corrosion on other metal sources.
Where does it come from?
A complete understanding of the sources of the issue with Chinese drywall is not known, but it suspected that mined gypsum (which contains high level of strontium) was included in the production and may be the cause of the defect.
If you suspect that you may have Chinese drywall in your home or a home that youâ€™re considering purchasing, it is imperative that you hire an inspector to check your home for common symptoms caused by Chinese drywall. Inspectors are licensed and knowledgeable in all aspects of concern in buying a home.
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You can be reasonable certain that there is not a CDW issue is before 2000. You must be also certain the home did not have drywall replaced between 2000 and 2007.
Contaminated drywall imported from China came to SW Florida and was used in the majority of homes that were are the drywall stage of construction after Hurricane Charley, in late 2004 with continued use through early 2007.
An older home that had a remodel involving drywall replacement between 2000 â€“ 2007 may have some CDW.
The good news is, 7 years later, a home contaminated with CDW is hard to find. Most have been purchased at deeply discounted prices, rehabbed and sold.
Is CDW noticeable?
A house where most of the drywall is CDW will smell strongly of sulfur. If only a few pieces of CDW where used, CDW may be difficult to detect. The problem is not the drywall itself, but the damage the high sulfur content causes to anything made of metal.
However the defective drywall did not only come form China, there were also imported from Brazil, and other Central American Countries.
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Be careful of buying homes where the Chinese drywall issue was not properly remediated. There are now published recommended guidelines on how to do this.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 239-707-4575 if you would like more information on chinese drywall or if you have any other questions.
If you would like help finding a home in our area without chinese drywall, please email me at email@example.com or call me direct at 239-229-1339. I have been a local realtor here for the last 10 years and have seen the good and the bad. I hope this helps to some degree with your questions.
Bonnie L Miller, PA
The Paradise Team
Sellstate Priority Realty
Jones and Co Realty
One of the dilemmas associated with Chinese drywall is that homes can have varying degrees of this material. Identifying a home with only a few sheets can be much more of a challenge that one built totally of it.
We would be happy to provide you with the name and contact information for this company at your request.
Hope this is helpful.
The smell is like someone just struck a match (sulfuric). The ground wires in the outlets are usually black as well as the copper wiring in the air handlers. I always leave these homes with a bad taste in my mouth.
Happy to help you when you are ready. Our purchase contracts allow you to have an inspection period of up to 15 days during which time if you find issues that you do not want to deal with you can cancel your contract. Thanks for the great question.
Sarah Garrett, Realtor
ALLIANCE REALTY GROUP
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I can usually detect the signs of chinese drywall however I have encountered 2 homes over the last year that when inspections were done the inspector found only 1 room in both of the houses with the defective drywall. Neither home had a bad odor so it is not always as obvious as some people think and I am very sensative to smells.
Do NOT assume because a home was built in a certain year or that the home doesn't smell really bad etc...that you are guaranteed there is no chinese drywall in the home.
Protect yourself and get a chinese drywall inspection...the cost is well worth the piece of mind.
Should you need assistance with your home search please feel free to contact me. As a resident of Cape Coral for almost 24 years I know the area extremely well and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Terry McCarley, RealtorÂ®, CDPE
Jones & Co Realty
The smell from the Chinese drywall is so bad, you will know for a fact that it is in the house.
If only a small portion of the house has it, then yes, a good home inspector should perform a specail inspection (it is an additional charge) on Chinese drywall presence.
Hope this helps,
CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
It is most common I have seen when the building boom was in the years 2004-2007. Although, like others mentioned, it was around before and after this. It is noticeable when the whole or majority if the house was built with it by a strong sulfur smell. Also, all copper wiring on the ac handler and electrical wiring will turn black. Another way to tell is a stamp on the top of the drywall in the attic reading China. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Gulf Gateway Realty, inc
A home inspection is especially important and if it makes you feel more comfortable, separate defective drywall testing.
Primarily homes built between 2003-2008 are suspect, but that doesn't mean they all have it. In some instances there was only a few sheets used and in others the whole house has it. They is no shortage of websites showing the cause and effect of CDW. If you google it you'll find all information needed including pictures and how to remediate homes with CDW and the costs to do so.
If you're buying a good home inspector will detect it. But there are signs you can be looking for.
Google it and educate yourself as you are the first inspector of any home your interested in.