If the current economic problems and real estate collapse is not enough, there is another potential hazard for Georgia homeowners. Class action lawsuits are being filed in Florida claiming homes there have been built with potentially toxic drywall. As we have seen in the past with children’s’ toys, dog food and other consumer products, the defective product (in this case drywall) was allegedly manufactured in China and shipped to the United States to be used in the construction of new homes.
Recent testing by the Florida Department of Health shows that Chinese-made drywall emits a sulphur gas that corrodes copper wires in air conditioning and other units. If your home was recently built or remodeled and you suspect that it contains defective Chinese-made drywall, you should investigate further to protect your family from harmful toxic exposure. You also may be able to recover your damages due to this defective product.
The potential danger of Chinese-made drywall was uncovered when buyers of new homes in Florida noticed a strange smell, which officials now believe to be from high sulfur content in Chinese drywall. It now appears that the problem may be more widespread than just Florida.
The potentially toxic Chinese dry wall was first introduced to the United States in 2001. The effects of toxic drywall manifest themselves when homeowners notice abnormal failures of their air conditioning coils or HVAC units. Homeowners, building owners, or occupants may have noticed corroded electrical wiring in their walls in properties built or remodeled since 2001.
More troubling, is that family members living in these houses may have suffered upper respiratory problems, nose bleeds, headaches or other potentially serious medical conditions caused by the sulfur-tainted drywall.
While the initial lawsuits are filed in Florida, evidence is emerging that strongly suggests that single family homes in Georgia and Atlanta subdivisions built from 2001 to the present contain the defective product.
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Robert J. Fleming, P.C. is dedicated to helping Georgia consumers.