The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report on Chinese drywall today. The study of fifty-one homes found a strong association between the problem drywall, the hydrogen sulfide levels in homes with that drywall, and corrosion in those homes. The study included homes in Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi. While the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has aggressively pursued a detailed investigation into the Chinese drywall supply chain, it remains difficult to estimate the total number of homes that could contain problem drywall. From the consumer end of the chain, CPSC has received over 2000 consumer reports from thirty-one states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. According to the CPSC, only two reports have come from Maryland. The reported problem drywall was installed in homes mostly between 2006 and 2007. The CPSC has a website devoted to the issue. http://www.cpsc.gov/info/drywall/index.html.
If you are a contractor who may have purchased and used Chinese Drywall or believe you have Chinese Drywall in your home and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
To review the report, click the title link above.