Are there a lot of houses with Chinese Sheetrock?

Asked by Dashley1, Troy, NY Mon Mar 18, 2013

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Diane Christ…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Mon Mar 18, 2013

I would add another comment to those already posted here. The Chinese drywall can also be found in older homes that had remodeling done during that time period as well.

Sometimes the remodeling jobs were extensive enough that building permits were required, so you can check with the county building department's website for permits issued for a home during that time period. Sometimes the remodeling does not require a permit OR the owner did the remodeling without permits -- so if it appears that a home has been remodeled at some point, ask questions about when the work was done and you should seriously consider having the home evaluated for Chinese drywall under the Inspection Period of the contract should you go under contract to purchase it.

There are a number of stories about the Chinese drywall, which subdivisions were found to have it, etc located on the on line version of the local newspaper, the Sarasota Herald, if you'd like to read more on the topic.


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Teresa M. Fe…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Mon Mar 18, 2013
Hi Dashley,

You will not find a lot of homes with defective drywall in Sarasota. Most all the homes and or condos that were constructed with or added on to with the Chinese drywall product have had the drywall removed and replaced. I am not running into the defective drywall any more but to be on the safe side, make sure your agent orders an inspection of the property you intend to buy and that the inspector is testing for Defective Drywall.

My best,

Teresa M. Fellows
ERA Waterside Realty
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Brian McGree…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Mon Mar 18, 2013
"Chinese drywall" refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China. Laboratory tests of samples for volatile chemicals have identified emissions of the sulfurous gases carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. These emissions, which have the odor of rotten eggs, worsen as temperature and humidity rise and cause copper surfaces to turn black and powdery, a chemical process indicative of reaction with hydrogen sulfide.

Copper pipes, wiring, and air conditioner coils are affected, as well as silver jewelry. Homeowners have reported a variety of symptoms, including respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, chronic coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as chronic headaches and sinus issues.

This drywall was used in a very limited amount of construction in our area. This was done mostly from 2004 to 2007. By now, most of the homes affected have had the drywall removed and replaced.

In Florida we use a "seller's disclosure" which requires the seller to alert the buyer to many things they know about the home, including whether it does or did contain "Chinese drywall". When purchasing a home I recommend that we use an inspector with experience in identifying "Chinese drywall". This provides further protection against buying a home with it.

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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Mon Mar 18, 2013
There are some communities where the builder used Chinese/Defective drywall and individual homes in non-deed restricted areas. This includes both single family homes and condos. Most of the homes with this defective drywall have been repaired, but there are a few still on the market or some homes that are waiting to go into foreclosure that may have it.

If no one is living in the home, then you probably won't get a disclosure that the home has defective drywall. It it is known, then it must be disclosed. A home inspector can test this for you and if it is believed to have defective drywall, the inspector will recommend a professional that is licensed to test for it do the inspection. With any offer on a home you have the right to have it inspected. If it is found to have defective drywall, you can cancel the contract and get your escrow deposit back.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
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