ATTENTION BUYERS!!! Chinese Drywall Signs to Look For!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Experience Real Estate Group, LLC BK3223497

Chinese drywall includes most defective drywall…

Effects of Chinese Drywall Tip 7: What are the signs and dangers of Chinese drywall?

This is the seventh tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at

…that was imported from China from 2001 to 2007. This tainted drywall emits sulfuric gas and noxious odors and can cause corrosion on metal surfaces, internal writing, appliances and electronics.


Dangers of Chinese drywall
Corrosion resulting from Chinese drywall can create issues with electrical appliances, including alarm systems and smoke detectors. In very high concentrations, Chinese drywall emits hydrogen sulfide, a dangerous gas that is considered fatal in high levels. The highly toxic compounds found in this drywall can be particularly dangerous to growing children. It affects not only their bone growth but also their nervous system.

Signs of Chinese Drywall
Rotten egg, sulfur or ammonia smells upon entering your home can be signs of Chinese drywall. Not all owners report these smells, so it is important that you look for signs of corroded copper wires, air conditioning coils, and corrosion on other metal sources.

If you suspect that you may have Chinese drywall in your home or a home that you’re considering purchasing, it is imperative that you hire an inspector to check your home. Inspectors are licensed and knowledgeable in all aspects of concern in buying a home.

Download our free eBook 12 Tips to Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida for more information on Chinese drywall such as it’s origination.

Feel free to search our listingbook for homes in Southwest Florida but be sure to contact us before accidentally purchasing a home with Chinese drywall.


Comments (24)

Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have yet to experience Chinese Drywall--stay away very potent

Jun 27, 2013 12:32 AM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

I find it strange that our American companies that begin to manufacture in China do not require the same high-quality methods that they use in the States.  One simple instance is Head.  They used to brag (advertise) that they were the only raquetball made in America.  I bought my dog a dozen of these balls one day, one of his favorite toys.  He took one sniff and refused to play with the ball.  I smelled the ball and sure enough, it did not have the normal rubber smell.  I looked at the package and they and they too are now made in China.  If we allow off-shore manufacturing of products once manufactured in the states, we should still insist on the same quality of products.

Jun 27, 2013 12:33 AM
A.J. Ackerman
Experience Real Estate Group, LLC - Cape Coral, FL

Thanks for the comments.  I have still yet to find a complete solution for CDW that everyone will support.

Jun 27, 2013 12:33 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I have not run across Chinese drywall yet. Am happy about that.

Jun 27, 2013 12:36 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

The only time I was in a "Chinese drywall" house was a custom home over $1.4M...I smelled it the minute I walked in.


It smelled like rotten eggs, despite that there were glade plugins everywhere...I left the door open and could not wait to leave...a year later the home was almost half price.

Eve in Orlando

Jun 27, 2013 12:43 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I have not experienced this (yet).  It isn't a big issue in my area, but I have heard alot about it and have been questioned about it.  Thanks for the post.

Jun 27, 2013 01:26 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Thankfully, we haven't seen the problem crop up here in Maryland. As I understand it, the fix is quite expensive.

Jun 27, 2013 01:28 AM
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

Thank you so much for this post.  I've heard of Chinese drywall, but didn't really know much about it.  I will make sure to sniff out any possible signs of tained CDW when I show properties.

Jun 27, 2013 02:46 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Thanks for the informative post. I personally haven't experienced any CDW, but at least I know what to look or smell for...

One thing I would like to say is why don't we expect imports to be of the same caliber as if they were built in US.

Jun 27, 2013 02:56 AM
Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

I haven't run across any homes with Chinese Drywall in them, Thankfully! Now I know what to look and SMELL for. Thanks for the post and information!

Jun 27, 2013 03:01 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I never knew there was a Chinese Drywall. Good to know for the future! Thanks!

Jun 27, 2013 03:56 AM
Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

Luckily for me I have yet to walk into a house that has this garbage in it, but at least now I know what to look for.

Jun 27, 2013 06:56 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I have no experience with Chinese Drywall and hope I don't get any. Thanks for sharing this helpful information.


Jun 27, 2013 07:27 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

AJ thankfully we've not had to deal with this issue in AZ.  That was mainly in Florida and southern states, right?  This is very good information!

Jun 27, 2013 10:07 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

AJ, thank you for posting this blog.   I've been through nearly every builder's home in Central Pennsylvania, and today was the first I heard of Chinese Drywall.  Your description of the odor indicating there is CDW, was quite descript, and should be easily recognizable.

Jun 27, 2013 11:54 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is very good information and I am very concerned about his. I have read various post about chinese  drywall and I hope that it was not widely used here in So. New Hampshire.  I am sure our home inspectors are keeping an eye out for chinese dry wall. Just wondering if you know how this can be detected.

Jun 27, 2013 12:15 PM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

 It's heavy use in the Gulf States has definitely caused issues. They say we have some here but I have yet to see any. Having Gypsum mines in the North and South part of the state keeps most of it away.

Jun 27, 2013 12:39 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

A.J.,  this is excellent information.  My heart goes out to homeowners who have purchased homes with this product.

Jun 27, 2013 04:01 PM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Chinese drywall sounds like some nasty stuff. Don't think we have it here in California, but it's terrible to think of young children living in a home with a material as dangerous as Chinese drywall. Thanks for your post today,

Jun 27, 2013 07:01 PM
A.J. Ackerman
Experience Real Estate Group, LLC - Cape Coral, FL

I am so appreciative for all the support.  We will be sure to continue to supply relevant content in our blogs.  If you want any questions answered.  Feel free to email me directly.  Have a Beautiful Day!


Jun 27, 2013 10:53 PM