Someone sent us this rather disturbing article about drywall problems that affect hundreds of homes here in the US. We figured it was another hyped-up “bacteria among you” type thing, but as it turns out it’s not.
Real estate agent Felix Martinez thought he’d found his dream house when he bought the 3,500-square-foot beauty in Homestead, Fla., two years ago.
Then, he says, his large-screen TV mysteriously failed. Next, the air conditioner went. His bath towels smelled like rotten eggs. Visitors noted an odor in the house. Martinez says he’s suffered new sinus problems and sleep apnea. His wife and son sneeze a lot.
The walls in the home, a recently filed class-action lawsuit alleges, were built with the same kind of Chinese-made drywall that tests have shown emit sulfur gases that corrode copper coils and electrical and plumbing components.
The article goes on to explain possible causes, like extra minerals in the source mines where the gypsum was pulled from. The ongoing investigation involves such matters as legal levels of sulfur out-gassing.
We’re pretty sure this is going to be a mess as far as legality and such, and we feel for those homeowners, as there’s a very slim chance, if any, that they’ll ever be on the upside of the issue.
Drywall from China blamed for problems in homes [USA Today]