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Yellow Corve…, Home Buyer in North Port, FL

is there a problem with chinese dry wall in these homes?

Asked by Yellow Corvette79, North Port, FL Wed Nov 25, 2009

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 27, 2009
Yellow Corvette,

For the most part, Chinese drywall is relatively easily detected and should be part of any home inspection for property constructed between2005 and 2007. Building inspectors will be able to easily identify mose problems of this nature.

There have been a few cases of "Chinese dry wall" in the North Port area but it has not been in epidemic proportion. With this said, every home buyer should insist that their inspection consist of an investigation that eliminates this as a possible problem.

We would be happy to share with you more information about the great values available in the North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda areas.

Best wishes,
The Eckler Team

Michael Saunders & Company
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 27, 2009
Anne is correct. You did not identify any homes. If the house was built or remodeled between 2004-2007 then there is always the possiblity that it may have Chinese Dry wall. The only way to be certain is to have a qualifed home inspector or someone qualified in these matter to give you an answer. I don't think any real estate agent (unless they are a qualified expert in drywall or home inspections) will tell you yes or no as we are not experts in that field. There are some tell tale signs you can look for. This was written by a knowledgeable home inspector that deals with these matters. His name is Scott Patterson.

1.Use you sense of smell. If you detect a sulfur like odor, you might have it.
2.Look at the soft reactive metals in your home. Copper and Silver seem to be the first to show signs of reacting to the corrosive off gassing of the drywall.
3.Copper wiring that is turning dark is a tell tail sign. It turns almost black when it is exposed to the drywall off gassing.
4.Most of us have pennies sitting in a jar, bowl or whatever. Take a look at that pocket change that has been sitting on the desk for a while. If the pennies on top are turning dark and the ones further down in the jar are not, then you might have it.
5.Silver plated picture frames are another good test. If they are turning dark, you might have a problem.
6.Silver jewelry is another good prospect to see if you might be at risk.
7.Looking for the Made in China or Knauf/Tianjin marks on the back of the drywall in black ink. This is a guarantee that you have it! This can be done form the attic or even an air return chase.

Hope this help. Let me know if I can be of any other service.

Jason Stevens, REALTOR®, GRI, ABR
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Kevin Flynn Realty, Inc.
Email: jasonstevens@embarqmail.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 25, 2009
Hi Yellow Corvette,

Your question does not identify which homes you are referring to. Please specify and I will try to assist you.

Anne Kyer, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, Inc.

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