Drywall

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China-made drywall causes over 2,100 homeowners in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia to move out of their homes for health reasons. Most of these houses were built between 2005 to 2007 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Wilma during which a shortage of US-made building materials occurred due to massive rebuilding and construction.

A recent study by Intuitive Environmental Solutions LLC in Florida, revealed that the homes with Chinese drywall contained high levels of hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde, which leads to corrosion of metals inside the home. Visible signs include blackening copper pipes and wiring which causes appliances to fail and the stinky odor similar to rotten eggs. These toxic drywalls causes respiratory problems, infections and other ailments, which rendered the houses uninhabitable. Insurance companies also refuse to cover the damage, cost of repairs and rehabilitation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is already looking into the situation to help afflicted families. Read the full article here

By Maria Belgado