Why get a Chinese Drywall Inspections?
Do I need one?
As the Chinese drywall issue occurred during the real estate boom of the early 2000s, it has become a major home owner’s issue. As the issue began in 2001, and peaked in 2005, any homes built between 2001 and 2009 are at risk. While thousands of houses were being constructed, construction material was pouring into the US, particularly drywall from China, of which about five hundred million pounds turned out to be toxic. More than half the complaints come from Florida alone, so home owners in Florida need to be particularly alert on this issue.
What happens if I don’t get Chinese Drywall Inspection?A bad case of defective drywall, if left unchecked, can ruin home appliances like the air conditioning, harm the wiring by corroding any wiring near or in contact with the drywall, and worst of all, cause the entire house to smell of rotting eggs. The effects are worse in hot and humid conditions, and there are often some health issues related with the problem, particularly sinus issues.
Apart from the personal trauma of having an inhabitable home, the drywall issue turned out to be a significant financial setback. Most insurance companies did not cover the drywall damage, as they too could plead ignorance of the issues, like the homeowner. A fair amount of families has to find alternative accommodation, particularly in the summers, as the smell grew unbearable, and the air conditioning gave away. Another major issues was an affected house’s drop in real estate value, particularly when the issue was at its peak. Houses with a Chinese drywall problem became practically unsellable.
Anything else I need to know?
Yep. There are several kinds of inspections for faulty drywall, with a visual inspection being a good preliminary but an overall unreliable one, and an XRF testing a detailed inspection. Do your research before booking an inspection.