Well it seems like the Chinese are at it again. Only this time its not automobile tires or children’s toys, or pet food: it’s the walls of our own homes.
According to the Associated Press, approximately 3,000 homes have been reported as having problems associated with the Chinese drywall, much of which was imported during the housing boom. Included among these problems are corrosion of wiring, air conditioning systems, computers, etc., and possible health effects including throat, nose and lung irritation from the hydrogen sulfide gas emitted by the drywall.
The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission has established guidelines recommending that thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted. Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Commission, stated “We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the interior of their homes….” Included in this guideline are the removal of electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, CO monitors, and other devices.
Additional guidance is available from the CPSC website.