First thought to be limited to areas of south Florida, it is now become apparent that toxic Chinese drywall/sheetrock was installed in homes in many states, including Colorado.
During the housing boom of the last decade, a lot of drywall was imported from China to meet surging demand. Most homes that have the toxic drywall were built between 2003 and 2007, but any home built or remodeled after 2000 could be affected.
How can I tell if I have toxic Chinese drywall in my home?
1. If you’re experiencing nose bleeds, headaches, coughing, upper respiratory problems or rashes and these conditions go away when you leave home for a few days, you probably have toxic drywall.
2. Black corrosion around copper electrical wiring and A/C coils. Many homeowners with toxic drywall report having problems with A/C units and other electrical appliances.
3. Silver jewelry, silverware and silver wiring turns black as well.
4. High concentrations of sulfur found in toxic drywall contain a rotten egg smell.
For most, a home is the most significant purchase a person makes. It serves as your own little refuge from the world, a place you and your family feel safe.