Nose bleeds, headaches or wheezing in your new home? If it’s not the odors from the carpet that bother you, you can now put the blame squarely on drywalls made from materials imported from China! Malodorous, drywalls in new-build homes may be heavily contaminated with sulphur compounds.
Now, do you pull down the drywall at a cost of $100-150K, or should you file a lawsuit against the manufacturers, is the dilemma for thousands of affected homeowners? In the process, who knows… perhaps you’ll hit a Chinese Wall. Ugh, my head hurts!
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The issue with Chinese drywall has gained the attention of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has already received some 1,500 complaints from homeowners nationwide.
The gases emitted from defective Chinese drywall produce a sulfurous odor that permeates homes, and cause metals, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode. The gases have also been linked to significant property damage, including damage to HVAC systems, smoke detectors, electrical wiring, metal plumbing components, and other household appliances.
People living with Chinese drywall have also suffered eye, respiratory, and sinus problems that may be linked to the gases.
It is believed that about 500 million pounds of Chinese drywall was imported into this country since the late 1990s, impacting about 100,000 homes. This site—chinese-drywall-answer.com—has a lot of good information and resources for consumers affected by this defective product.
Chinese drywall manufacturer, Knauf, has agreed to accept “service of lawsuits” for one month, an unprecedented move that eliminates many of the obstacles claimants have been facing, and a huge breakthrough for plaintiffs who have suffered the unpleasant and potentially harmful odors and fumes and metal corrosion associated with defective Chinese drywall. Claimants with KPT drywall need to file on to the suit no later than December 2, 2009, with the suit filed by December 9, 2009. Homes must be inspected before the December deadline so that claimants can submit proof that their house was built with Knauf Drywall. This is a good place to get information on filing a suit: http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/17221 and includes a toll-free number for claimants looking to join the lawsuit. Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., is alleged to be a subsidiary of the German-based Knauf Gips KG and is one of several Chinese companies accused of manufacturing and importing defective drywall from China into the U.S.