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During a drywall shortage between 2004 and 2007, many homes were constructed with drywall imported from China. Unfortunately, this quick fix to the drywall shortage has left thousands of home owners with strong odors, property damage and health problems.
Homeowners in Florida, Louisiana and several other states have reported a rotten egg stench coming from the defective drywall. This common sign of defective drywall is caused by high levels of sulfur in the wallboard. The sulfur compounds in the defective Chinese drywall have also corroded air conditioning wiring, forcing many homeowners to spend thousands of dollars on multiple repairs.
Other signs of defective Chinese drywall include:
- An acidic smell
- Frequently failing appliances, such as refrigerators
- Silver items (jewelry, silverware etc.) tarnishing within a short period of time
- Copper pipes turning black
Defective drywall may also have caused a number of health problems in homeowners, including:
- Eye irritation
- Respiratory problems
- Asthma attacks
- Frequent sinus infections
While there are many theories as to the cause of the defective drywall, many believe the drywall problems stemmed from the use of waste material in the manufacturing process. The waste material, known as fly ash, can release harmful sulfur compounds, such as sulfur dioxide.
If you notice a rotten egg stench coming from your home or you have other reason to believe your house contains defective Chinese drywall, fill out our free case evaluation form. Our defective drywall attorneys can help you recover compensation for property damage and health problems caused by defective drywall.