While water and wind damage from hurricanes Ivan and Katrina have been repaired years ago, many homeowners in the Gulf Coast region are still unable to live in their homes. During the construction frenzy following these two storms from 2004 to 2008, drywall was imported from China to meet the demand. However, some people are now saying that the Chinese drywall used to repair homes in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Virginia is defective and is making homeowners ill.
After complaints of health problems such as irritated skin and eyes, difficulty breathing, coughing, headaches, bloody noses, sinus infections and asthma attacks began to roll in, an investigation revealed that the Chinese drywall used in these particular homes emits sulfur gasses.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the drywall is toxic and could lead to a number of health concerns, as well as corrode metals within a house. However, it has not yet recalled the defective product. It said it needs to continue its investigation and gather sufficient scientific proof before doing so.
At this time, it is believed the only way to get rid of the drywall’s negative effects is to remove the product completely and properly clean a structure’s studs. In some cases, furniture and other personal property may need to be replaced due to contamination. The cost of repair, as you can imagine, is high.
Due to the extensive and expensive remodeling process required, many homeowners are finding themselves making mortgage payments on uninhabitable homes, as well as paying rent where they are actually living. They are needlessly suffering both financially and physically. We will likely hear more about this issue of toxic Chinese drywall in the weeks and months to come. Contact Saginaw, MI accident attorneys to get a free consultation today.