Chinese Drywall in Arizona

Chinese Drywall Problems May Impact 300,000 Homes Nationwide

So far, problems with Chinese Drywall have mainly been reported in Florida, where an estimated 36,000 homes are believed to contain the defective drywall. However, nationwide it is believed that as many as 300,000 homes could have been built with the drywall from China.

Millions of pounds of defective drywall were imported into the United States between 2002 and 2007, after a shortage of U.S.-made drywall was caused by a housing boom and construction surge following the 2005 hurricanes.

The Chinese drywall problems have been linked to the presence of strontium sulfide and elemental sulfur, which could generate hydrogen sulfide, corbonyl sulfide and carbon disulfide when exposed to high relative humidity or heat. These gases can produce a strong smell of rotten eggs or burnt matches, corrode electrical wiring and copper throughout the home, and destroy air conditioners and other appliances. Serious health problems have also been linked to the toxic drywall, including:

  • Respiratory Irritation
  • Headaches
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty Breathing

Most of the reported Chinese drywall issues have surfaced in the southeast, where humid and moist conditions exist. However, homeowners throughout the United States may have the defective drywall, even if they have not yet experienced problems.

One consumer group says its investigation finds Chinese drywall in Arizona (both metro Phoenix and Tucson), Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, north and South Carolina, Virginia and Texas.

If you suspect that you may have Chinese drywall in your home, call us for information on how we can visually inspect your home for Chinese drywall.