The consequences of having toxic Chinese drywall in your home range from annoying to dangerous. During 2006 and 2007 many new homes were constructed with Chinese drywall due a construction boom in the United States that left the construction industry with not enough American made drywall. Just a couple of years later, new homeowners and their families are suffering from the consequences of this import.
Alleged Fire and Safety Dangers
According to the Wall Street Journal, some homeowners are reporting the presence of corrosive gas in their homes. It is alleged that the sulfur toxins that are being released from the Chinese drywall are reacting with the humidity in the air and corroding metal pipes, electrical wires and even metal picture frames. Homeowners have reported the malfunctioning of air conditioning and electrical systems and fear that corroded pipes and wires could present a significant risk of fire.
Alleged Health Dangers
Residents are also reporting concerning health symptoms that they associate with the foul smelling toxins that have invaded their homes. Some common health problems that are being reported include:
- Upper respiratory infections;
- Sore throats; and
- Bloody noses.
It is important to remember that in most cases these homes have only been inhabited for fewer than five years. The long term health effects of living with toxic Chinese drywall are not yet known.
Some doctors are advising their patients to vacate their homes and live elsewhere in order to protect their health. While many people are putting their health needs above their financial and emotional needs, their financial and emotional needs are not insignificant. These homes, with their horrible smells, corroding gases and health dangers will be difficult, if not impossible, to resell.
The federal government and several state governments are currently investigating the risks associated with the toxins found in Chinese drywall. While those investigations are ongoing, many homeowners will need to make difficult decisions for their families and ultimately do what they feel is necessary protect their health and keep their families safe.