This week in safety: Drywall FAQs

Consumer Reports News: May 29, 2009 03:48 PM

In an effort to better help affected homeowners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission this week created a drywall information center on it's Web site. The agency has received more than 365 reports from residents in 18 states and the District of Columbia who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to the presence of drywall produced in China. State and local authorities have received far more reports, especially in the states of Florida and Louisiana.

Tests of the Chinese-made drywall conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that it contains at least three materials not found in drywall produced in the U.S. The tested drywall contained sulfur, strontium at levels ten times as high as in U.S. drywall and two other organic compounds generally found in acrylic paint that have not been detected in any U.S.-made wallboard.

“We now know there are three things in there that aren’t in other drywall samples,” said Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) who has been working to provide homeowners with relief. “We’ve got the ‘what’ and now we need the ‘why’—and, how do we fix it? In the end, I think all this stuff is going to have to be ripped out.”

Some homeowners spoke to the Miami Herald about their drywall problems in this video.

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