Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Is Chinese Drywall creating problems for you?

Last week the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) came out with a series of inconclusive reports regarding the stinky Chinese Drywall (CDW) plaguing so many American homeowners. The most definitive finding was that CDW has a higher level of strontium than domestic drywall.

There is no known relationship, as of yet, between strontium and the "rotten egg" odor typically caused by sulfur and the corrosive effects of CDW on copper piping that have been reported. Of course, many people are most concerned with whether or not CDW carries any health risks in addition to these other adverse effects.

There is an ongoing nationwide class action regarding CDW. All CDW cases filed in federal court have been transferred to Judge Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans. Judge Fallon has scheduled three trials for early next year, the first of which will begin in January. Judge Fallon has decided that the first trial will be for a house in Louisiana and will be focused solely on property damage rather than health issues.

So how do you know if you have Chinese Drywall in your home? Here are some telltale signs:

1. The easiest way to determine whether you have CDW is to look on the backside of a piece of your drywall for an identification mark such as "made in China" or the name of a CDW manufacturer such as Knauf;

2. Do you detect a foul smell in your home similar to rotten eggs?; and

3. Look for corrosion on your copper pipes or the coils inside your air conditioning unit. Have an electrician inspect these items rather than attempting to do it yourself as you can be injured;

For more information on the nationwide class action lawsuit on Chinese Drywall please visit: www.chinesedrywalllaw.com.

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