During the housing boom, some States were experiencing building material shortages.  Some homes were built or renovated using defective drywall imported from or manufactured in China.  This defective drywall reportedly emits levels of sulfur methane and/or other volatile organic compounds that cause corrosion of items in the house and can pose health risks. 

Below are the Signs of CHINESE DRYWALL:

  1. One of the first signs of Chinese drywall is a strong sulfur smell, similar to the smell of rotten eggs. Lots of people in new homes pass this off as smell from the paint, or new carpeting, etc. If you smell sulfur in your home, you should consider having some testing.  Also, just because your home doesn’t smell like sulfur doesn’t mean you don’t have Chinese drywall. In cooler environments, Chinese drywall contaminated homes have been found not to smell.
  2. Check for corrosion on your metal faucets, drains, mirrors, picture frames, jewelery, etc. Anything that contains decorative metal in your home should be checked for pitting, darks spots, or a dark discoloration. These are tell-tale signs of Chinese drywall.
  3. Also, check the copper in your home. If you see darkening of copper wires, you may have Chinese drywall. A good place to check the copper in your home is at your water heater. There should be a few copper pipes around the top of your water heater.
  4. Watch for failing appliances. If your appliances like TV’s, air conditioning unit or refrigerator have stop working or are working poorly, especially if they are relatively new, you may have Chinese drywall in your home.

If you suspect Chinese drywall, you should contact your nearest EPA Representative.  For additional information you can check out the consumer product safety commission.

When placing an offer on a property to purchase, ask your Agent to include a Chinese Drywall Addendum. Sample Chinese Drywall Addendum