The Consumer Products Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) have issued Interim Remediation Guidance that advises Chinese drywall homeowners to remove all possible problem drywall from their homes, and replace electrical components and wiring, gas service piping, fire suppression sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Taking these steps should help eliminate both the source of the problem drywall and corrosion-damaged components that might cause a safety problem in the home.
Most Chinese drywall victims report that their homes were built in 2006 to 2007, when an unprecedented increase in new construction occurred in part due to the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Common to many reports submitted to the CPSC regarding homes believed to contain problem drywall have been the following:
- “Rotten egg” smell within the homes;
- Health concerns such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty in breathing, persistent cough, bloody noses, runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infection, and asthma attacks;
- Blackened and corroded metal components in their homes and the frequent replacement of components in air conditioning units.
CPSC & HUD Interim Remediation Guidance