Chinese drywall homes should be gutted says HUD & CPSC due to health and structural threats

Drywall installation
Drywall installation

Chinese made drywall pose serious health and structural threats according to tests by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)l, and federal authorities are urging consumers to start gutting any homes that contain the harmful, sulfur-emitting material.

Problems with Chinese drywall began to surface in late 2009, and after scientific study of the problem, HUD and CPSC recommend removing the problem drywall as well as replacing all electrical and other metal-based components that could have been corroded by the drywall's sulfur off-gassing. So, along with new drywall, that means installing new wiring, gas service piping, HVAC components, fire suppression sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

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