Chinese Drywall Information and Recommendations from Consumer Agencies Issued in February


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) have released some guidelines to help homeowners determine if, in fact, their residences are built with defective drywall.
The guidance, or “protocol”, as defined by the release points to visible indicators such as metal corrosion, evidence of drywall installation in the relevant time period, and the identification of other corroborating evidence or characteristics. HUD and CPSC’s two-step guidance requires a visual inspection that must show blackening of copper electrical wiring and/or air conditioning evaporator coils; and the installation of new drywall for new construction or renovations between 2001 and 2008.
While HUD and the CPSC are consumer friendly, it should be noted that the guidelines aren’t necessarily hurtful to the home building industry. For instance, the literature allows for alternative causes which might impact corrosion within homes. Corroboration is encouraged by means of multiple tests to determine whether or not visible damages is truly the result of “Chinese” drywall integration.
The information encourages owners to make sure that suspect areas meet at least two additional criteria related to: the chemical analysis of metal corrosion in the home; elemental markers in the drywall; markings on the drywall; or specific chemical emissions from the drywall.

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