Warning for Homeowners Post-Katrina
Many homeowners that were affected by Hurricane Katrina are now suffering from contamination in their homes. Defective Chinese Drywall used to remodel existing houses and build new homes is creating harmful gases that cause serious health problems, damage to belongings, and declining property values.
What is Chinese Drywall?
Drywall is a board made of minerals and plaster, wrapped in paper, and is used to finish walls and ceilings. The type of Drywall commonly known as “Chinese Drywall” contains harmful chemicals that do not meet U.S. standards. These dangerous chemicals are causing damage to people’s health, their belongings, and their homes.
Chinese Drywall was imported into the U.S. between 2002 and 2008. The impact on the Gulf Coast region is thought to be severe, as this time period includes both the housing boom and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.
Chinese Drywall can emit hazardous gases that can corrode heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems, and refrigerators. Electrical systems, TVs, microwaves, washers, dryers, and other appliances may need to be repaired or in some cases replaced after contact with these hazardous fumes.
How can I tell if I have Chinese Drywall in my home?
The easiest way to tell is to check the drywall in your home. A good place to look is in your attic. If you pull back the insulation, the drywall stamp may be visible. Some words to look for are “Knauf” and “Made in China.” Sometimes it is difficult to find drywall to inspect since it has been plastered or painted over, or the area where drywall was installed is in only a portion of the home. There are scientific tests that can be performed. The samples for these tests can be taken from areas that will not be noticeable, preserving the appearance of your home. Another way you can tell if you have harmful Chinese Drywall in your home is by its distinct smell. This type of drywall causes a scent that reminds people of rotten eggs or sulfur. This smell is caused by a chemical reaction between the chemicals in the drywall and moisture in the air. Finally, if you or your family members have begun to develop serious health issues, including nosebleeds, breathing problems, rashes, burning or itchy eyes, and sinus problems, you may have harmful Chinese Drywall in your home.The gases produced by Chinese Drywall may also cause copper, silver and other metals to pit and corrode. Jewelry may tarnish more quickly than usual, and faucets, drains, and pipes may corrode and develop holes.
If you or a loved one has had a hazardous experience due to Chinese drywall, you may be entitled to collect damages. Fill out our free case evaluation form to see if you are eligible for a potential lawsuit. An experienced attorney at Morris Bart will assist you in the evaluation process. Initial consultations are FREE. Click here to see more about our office locations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Call us at 1-800-537-8185 today.