Chinese Drywall Inspection
Does your home smell like rotten eggs or ammonia (sometimes a sweetish smell)? Is it more noticeable when entering your home and then seems to dissipate? The level of odor varies greatly in each home as does each person’s ability to detect the odor. Of course, the strength of the odor also depends on how much drywall was used in the home. Significantly, some homeowners report no smell, but their home clearly has Corrosive Drywall. In short, do not rely on your nose alone, particularly since many develop olfactory fatigue after being exposed to Corrosive Drywall. So drywall inspection should be done regularly.
Corrosive Drywall refers to drywall imported from China (from approximately 2001 to 2007) which contains extraneous metals and minerals, such as sulfur, strontium and iron. Under certain environmental conditions (typically warm, humid climates), the drywall will emit sulfur gasses. These gases create a noxious odor and corrode copper and other metal surfaces, which can damage one’s air conditioner, electrical wiring, copper plumbing, appliances and electronics. Corrosive Drywall can also cause adverse health effects, which are primarily irritant and temporary in nature.