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How Do I Check for Chinese Drywall in My Home? Our Attorneys Explain the Process
If you suspect Chinese drywall was used in the construction of your home, it is important to have your house inspected by a professional immediately.
Inspecting for Chinese drywall is a threefold process:
- Inspectors will first look for corrosion inside your home air handlers, and on metal pipes and electrical components
- If corrosion is present, an inspector will then look for branding on sheetrock seams
- A final confirmation can be done by sending samples of suspicious drywall to a lab to be tested.
Florida Senator Calling for Settlement from Chinese Drywall Manufacturer
According to The Bradenton Herald, a Florida senator wants the Chinese drywall manufacturer that supplied Florida homebuilders with toxin-laced gypsum board to pay for the damage its products have caused.
Senator Bill Nelson is circulating a letter among his colleagues in the Senate, urging Taishan Gypsum to reach a “fair and just settlement” with homeowners who suffered damage to their homes and health due to sulfuric emissions from the company’s drywall. Taishan has already been ordered by a federal appeals court to pay $2.7 million to seven Virginia homeowners for damages resulting from the company’s drywall.
Florida was particularly hard hit with defective drywall cases. According to Senator Nelson, 2,000 of 3,400 reported cases across the nation occurred in Florida. The Herald stated that Senator Nelson wants Taishan to pay for testing, drywall replacement and moving/storage costs for Florida homeowners who had to move out of their houses due to fear of being contaminated.
The manufacturers are not the only companies to take responsibility: John Barnott, Manatee County director of Building and Development Services, said builders that used Chinese drywall in the county took the repair expense upon themselves.
If your home or health has been harmed by Chinese drywall, speak with one of our attorneys today at 305-476-7400. Colson Hicks Eidson will continue to stand up for Chinese drywall victims, leading the fight against negligent companies who knowingly sold and distributed this toxic product to US consumers.
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