Knauf Plasterboard has admitted that the Chinese drywall product does contain low levels of naturally occurring sulfur gases, which they maintain has no threat to the health of those exposed to Chinese drywall. However, these sulfurous compounds can corrode copper and other metals, causing electrical wiring and equipment to fail, leading to costly repairs. Defective Chinese drywall also gives off a foul odor due to the sulfur content within the material leeching out and contaminating the interior air of the home. If the compounds being emitted from the drywall are caustic enough to corrode copper and other metals, it could easily have severely adverse effects on the human body.
According to a test of fifty-one homes performed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2009, the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the Chinese drywall is the factor which contributed to the corrosion of the homes’ wiring, plumbing and metal fixtures. In 2010, the CPSC and the Department of Housing and Urban Development advised owners of homes containing Chinese drywall to remove the defective drywall from their homes, and to replace electrical components and wiring, sprinkler systems, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and gas service piping. The average estimated cost of these home renovations equaled $100,000 per home.
Environmental experts have indicated that inhalation of 500 to 1,000 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide for more than ten minutes can cause unconsciousness and even death, resulting from respiratory paralysis and asphyxiation. Individuals whose homes have been all but destroyed by Chinese drywall may also face a steep price tag for performing the necessary repairs and renovations. If your home was built or remodeled with Chinese drywall and you are now experiencing strange odors, frequent problems with appliances, or corrosion of metal fixtures, copper wiring or plumbing, contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible. You are not at fault for these damages and you may be entitled to reimbursement for the repairs. A number of toxic Chinese drywall cases are currently being investigated and several Chinese drywall lawsuits and Chinese drywall class action lawsuits have already been filed against manufacturers of Chinese drywall, some of which have resulted in millions of dollars being awarded to individuals whose homes contained the defective product. In order to protect you and your family from the costly expenses and medical issues associated with Chinese drywall, contact a defective product lawyer to discuss your legal options and the potential benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit.