Chinese Drywall Cited in Building Woes

As if U.S. homeowners didn’t have enough to worry about these days, now drywall made in China may be emitting harmful fumes. From the Wall Street Journal:

A handful of builders and environmental consultants are investigating whether the drywall, a wide flat board used to create interior walls, is emitting sulfur-based gases that may be corroding air-conditioner coils, computer wiring and metal picture frames.

Some homeowners are concerned about possible respiratory problems, but the Florida Department of Health says tests show that the levels of emissions from the drywall pose no “immediate health threat.” The affected homeowners also worry that the drywall problems will reduce their already decimated property values and hamper their ability to resell, even when the market recovers.

[..] Although officials are still investigating the drywall from China, the complaints about drywall follow a rash of safety problems with other Chinese exports, ranging from toys to pet food.

January 12, 2009 10:27 PM
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