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Defective Drywall

Mon, 03/15/2010

A report issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) stated that Chinese drywall may be contaminated and might be the cause of American homeowners becoming ill or damaging their houses. Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC said her Chinese counterparts are assisting her by providing technical help to determine the cause of the problem. Tenenbaum has asked the Chinese drywall companies to examine carefully their responsibilities to the American consumer who are suffering from problems.

Domestic construction companies imported the drywall at the height of the housing boom when building materials were in short supply. The drywall, also known as wallboard or gypsum board, causes a chemical reaction that releases fumes that smell like rotten eggs. Because of the heat and humidity in the Southeast, the problem becomes magnified. Homeowners say the drywall is making them sick and damaging the wiring throughout their homes.

The early estimates indicate the price to U.S. consumers could be in the billions and insurers have yet to extend a helping hand. Homeowners are trying to seek relief for claims or from mortgage payments for homes that have become uninhabitable. Call the Law Firm of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. at 1-888-353-5513 for a free consultation.