A Great Way to check and see if a Property has had Chinese Drywall!

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Sunbelt 3202583

A Great Way to check and see if a Property has had Chinese Drywall!  For those who live in Florida, Louisiana and the other States that were devastated by the Chinese Drywall disaster! Are you wondering if a home that you are interested in purchasing ever had Chinese Drywall? Go to http://projects.propublica.org/drywall/ and put in the address of the property that you are interested in.

 Some Symptoms include:

- A noticeable smell of rotten eggs or sulfur.

- Having to replace coils in the A/C unit.

- Having to replace products that use electricity and contain copper.

- Pitting with black or discolored spots on metal, wiring and stainless steel. 

 Health Symptoms include:

  • Headaches and cough
  • Irritated and itchy eyes
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Bloody or runny nose
  • Frequent sinus infections and asthma attacks

With the construction boom back in 2004 to 2007 there was a shortage of Drywall that lead to it being purchased in China.  Here is a picture of what your coils should look like (the penny).  


Cudos to those Builders who stepped up to the plate!   So many Builders have not and the devastation of the homeowners who had to walk away from their home, that took them years to build.

For those of you that are in Chinese Drywall affected areas, Here is a Great Way to check and see if a Property has had Chinese Drywall!  Just put in the address and it will let you know if the property had Chinese Drywall.



Comments (5)

Marco Macaluso
Century 21 Realisation - Bedford, QC

Thank you Michelle, very good post!

Jun 06, 2011 04:06 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Interesting post. I have not run into any of this stuff yet in the Atlanta metro area, but I will keep my eyes open for it. Thanks for the reminder!

Jun 06, 2011 04:07 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

This is great info. I heard about all the problems from this but wondered how on earth anyone would ever know. I am going to vote to feature this as I think it is important info, especially for those in the states most impacted.

Thanks for the post

Jun 06, 2011 04:07 AM
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Michelle, We can get in trouble when purchasing products that are made in countries that have low standards of quality. Obviously, that Chinese drywall is an example of this.

Jun 06, 2011 04:46 AM
Michelle Forneris
Century 21 Sunbelt - Cape Coral, FL
Realtor Specializing in SW Florida Homes

Thanks David, It is really crazy,  When it 1st came about and I would show these properties,  I would get a headache within minutes of walking in the door.  It has been such a problem here in Florida.

Donna, you would think that something like this would never happen and so many people have been devastated by this.  I was very lucky,  My block had 7 homes that were built the same time mine was and they all had it.  They were getting sick and they did a segment on Inside Edition.

Peter, I think you are safe!  It is mostly LA, TX, FL, AL and Virginia.

Jun 06, 2011 08:36 AM