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Malayappan S…, Home Buyer in 48323

Is the Chinese drywall still a problem for new homes built after 2007?

Asked by Malayappan Shridhar, 48323 Fri Mar 13, 2009

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"Chinese drywall" is a building drywall material that was imported from China, as we understand, to keep up with our domestic new construction needs. This drywall is reported to have a high sulfur content which is causing serious problems for home owners with this material.

The homes can have a strong rotten egg odor and other problems, including causing electrical wiring in the home to corrode and electrical devices to fail.

According to one of our home inspectors, it is easily detected by removing the electrical outlet covers to see if there is a black corrosive material on the wires or by simply smelling the offensive odor.

There is allegedly at least one major builder that has undertaken the task of removing the hazardous material and/or making plans to move the owners to another home.

Exactly where the material ended up once it entered US ports and what homes may be effected should be of particular interest to people that purchased homes in the high risk areas.
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Looks like you answered your own question.
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There are several news reports for this problem. Florida seems to have the primary problem. Here is a link to one note that I read about it. It does seem to still be a problem here in Florida and many homes / buildings are being checked for it. If you google chinese drywall you'll find many more reports.


http://www.hgtvpro.com/hpro/nws_econ_fin_material/article/0,2624…
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For those seeking information about this Chinese drywall, visit
http://www.miamiherald.com/business/story/949172.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 14, 2009
I am intigued that this important issue is being ignored by the Trulia community
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What's Chinese drywall?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 13, 2009
BINGO!!!!!

You are absolutely correct....and for the record we posted a question on February 28, 2009 and recieved an overwhelming 1, yes ONE response........

It appears either there isn't much information out there on the topic or people are afraid to discuss the difficult topics. Our feeling is, it is what it is and not talking about it isn't going to change a thing.

It sometimes takes courage to bring up the tough issues.......good post, thanks for having the courage to once again bring up an obvious unpopular question.

Thumbs up!

Bill
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I am intigued that this important issue is being ignored by the Trulia community
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