How To Fix Chinese Drywall Problems

Let's just put it out there right now. If you purchased drywall from a Chinese manufacturer that was installed in your home, then your home is contaminated. For those with Knauf drywall, there is a class-action settlement that can get you some of your costs back. For Taishan or Shandong Taihe products, however, you're out of luck. You'll have to do the repair on your own.

Here's the problem: Chinese drywall contains Phosphogypsym, which means that it contains radium. When people are exposed to radium over a long period of time, it can increase the chances of lung cancer developing. It's also corrosive and can actually cause structural damage within a home.

What Can Be Done About Chinese Drywall?

Unfortunately there's only one option for those who have Chinese drywall in their home. It must be fully removed and replaced. Because of the radium risks, it is often better to just hire a professional to do the work. Pulling drywall out of a home creates a lot of dust and this dust can be corrosive and damaging to the lungs. Because of the dust, it is important to pull out all of your belongings before beginning the repair.

Please Note: Some advice tells property owners to paint over the drywall to seal off the radium. This will not work because it is radioactive.

Once the home is prepped, the task is rather simple. Pull out the bad drywall, clean up the mess, and then put up the new drywall. Unfortunately it usually isn't that simple because of the corrosive nature of Chinese drywall. There are some other home components that must be checked before new drywall can be put up.

How Did Your Plumbing Stand Up?

One of the most common repairs that must be made is to a home's plumbing. The corrosive nature of the drywall damages the integrity of the pipes that carry water throughout the home. Some homes have seen a need for an almost complete repair.

The Chinese drywall can also damage the outer casing of the electrical wire that is routed through your home. This means a complete replacement of the damaged section is necessary because otherwise a fire hazard will be behind the new drywall and give you a whole new set of risks.

The biggest problem, however, is Chinese drywall that has been installed on a staircase. Depending on the length of time the drywall has been installed, the staircase may need to be completed replaced in order for the home to be brought back up to code.

If you have Chinese drywall, then it is important to look at the class-action lawsuits that are active for your brand of drywall. Your insurance is not generally going to cover this repair, so it's either going to come from your pocket or from the manufacturer's pocket. And for rental property owners, the issue is a double hit – the home shouldn't be rented out until the repair is made.
Posted on Oct 19, 2014


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