Written by Faith Anderson on March 24, 2011
Example of a Defective Drywall Product
In 2009, a health and safety issue was discovered, involving defective drywall which was manufactured in China and imported to the United States beginning in 2001. After Hurricane Katrina and the housing boom between 2004 and 2006, the desperate need for drywall surpassed the U.S. supply, prompting many builders to buy cheap drywall from China. According to The Wall Street Journal, over 500 million pounds of Chinese drywall was imported to the U.S., most of which came from a manufacturer called Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. of China. This Chinese drywall is believed to have been used in the construction of approximately 100,000 homes in forty-one states throughout the country.
Years later homeowners began to experience significant consequences of this Chinese drywall, including serious respiratory issues and damage to their home. In many cases, the Chinese drywall emitted a rotten egg odor, caused air conditioners and other appliances to break repeatedly, and resulted in the blackening and corrosion of copper wiring, plumbing and metal fixtures. It wasn’t until 2009 that the true harmful nature of Chinese drywall was discovered, due largely to the drywall’s use of hydrogen sulfide.
Cost of Home Renovations
Homeowners who are forced to repair or reconstruct a large portion of their homes, such as those affected by the 2009 Chinese drywall controversy, will likely face an overwhelming expense. In fact, in 2010, when owners of homes containing Chinese drywall were advised to not only remove the toxic drywall from their home, but also to replace electrical components and wiring, smoke detectors, gas service piping, sprinkler systems and carbon monoxide detectors, homeowners incurred an average expense of $100,000 per home.
A Defective Product Attorney Can Help
In addition to damaging homes and costing homeowners large amounts of money, defective products like toxic drywall can also damage your belongings and cause major health issues. If your home was built or remodeled using a defective product which has since wreaked havoc on the integrity of your home or the well-being of you and your family, contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible, as you may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries. You should not be held responsible for the damage done to your home or the cost of the necessary repairs and renovations. There are a number of defective product cases currently being evaluated across the country, and several defective product lawsuits have been filed against product manufacturing companies, some of which have awarded millions of dollars in damages to victims. The only way to protect the rights of you and your family is to hire a defective product lawyer to represent your case.