Chinese Drywall Lawyers Helping Florida Residents
Defective and toxic Chinese drywall in homes may cause corrosion of fixtures and appliances, failures in heating and air conditioning units, and a “rotten-egg” smell. Residents may experience medical conditions including headaches, irritated eyes and problems breathing. If you believe your home was built with toxic sheetrock, Chinese drywall attorneys may be able to help you pursue compensation. For a free, no-obligation case review call 1-888-BURNETTI.
Toxic Sheetrock Problems in Homes
Homes built with Chinese drywall (also known as “sheetrock” or “plasterboard”) may have trace levels of strontium sulfide in their drywall. The material may emit corrosive gases and give off a sulfurous odor, creating a “rotten egg” smell. It may also corrode pipes and wiring, tarnish metals, and damage appliances, air conditioners and copper plumbing. Several class action Chinese drywall lawsuits have already been filed as homeowners try to recover compensation for damages and other complications.
Indicators of Defective Drywall
From approximately 2001 – 2007, a building surge in the United States (US) created a demand for drywall that could not be met with available US supplies; to meet the need, builders turned to buying materials from outside sources. It is estimated that 60,000 to 100,000 homes could have Chinese drywall, primarily in the Southeast.
There are several signs to help identify conditions associated with drywall emissions:
- Failures in heating and cooling systems
- Corrosion of air conditioner evaporator coil
- Black corrosion on air conditioner copper tubing components
- Presence of sulfur odor
- Corrosion of chrome-plated bathroom fixtures, silver and copper jewelry, and mirror backings in bathrooms
Chinese Drywall Health Issues
In addition to the physical corrosion and fumes, many residents of homes that have defective sheetrock are also experiencing health problems. The long-term effects are not known at this point, further increasing health concerns for many. Physical symptoms of toxic drywall may include:
- Respiratory conditions
- Difficulty sleeping
- Allergic reactions
- Irritated eyes
- Sore throats
How to Fix Defective Chinese Drywall
Concern has grown that there is potential physical damage to buildings constructed with defective Chinese drywall. The solution may be nothing short of a complete removal of the structure’s internal walls and replacement of the toxic drywall. In many instances there may also be a need to replace copper components, including electrical wiring and air conditioning systems.
Contact a Chinese Drywall Attorney Serving Tampa, Lakeland, and Orlando
There are many issues and complexities arising for residents who may be victims of defective Chinese drywall, including diminished home values once it is known that a home was constructed with potentially defective drywall.
If you suspect that your home was built with defective drywall, Burnetti, P.A. may be able to assist in determining whether there is recourse that can be taken.
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