Chinese Drywall Advocate Begins Organizing Homeowners
A new advocacy group is working to organize homeowners who may have properties built with defective Chinese drywall. The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center is looking for homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, or Southeast Texas whose homes were built with the Knauf brand drywall, which the group claims was used by a number of large public builders as well as small private builders from 2001 to 2008. “We are trying to help all victims of toxic Chinese drywall. Exposure to toxic Chinese drywall is hazardous to your health, as most homeowners in Florida, or Louisiana already know,” the group said in a statement. “If your subdivision or condominium project has Chinese drywall we want to hear from you.” Knauf is a UK-based building supply company, but the group claims it sold imported Chinese drywall. The advocacy group said homeowners should check to see if their property was built with Knauf drywall by looking at the exposed back of drywall pieces from a home’s attic. Representatives for the manufacturer didn't immediately respond to HousingWire's request for comment. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) headed a multi-agency task force to determine whether the imported drywall was in fact the cause of pipe corrosion and toxic gases emissions and occupant health issues in affected homes. More than 2,000 homeowners in 32 states contacted the CPSC with complaints of corrosion, or blackening, of indoor metals, such as electrical components and central air conditioning system evaporator coils and various health symptoms, including persistent cough, bloody and runny noses, headaches, difficulty breathing and irritated and itchy eyes and skin. The advocacy group said the task force isn’t moving quickly enough to help homeowners. “There are children involved in this largely ignored US environmental disaster, and the absolutely pathetic US Consumer Products Safety Commission is now saying their may be a link between health effects, and toxic Chinese drywall," the group said in its statement, adding "Ya think?” Write to Austin Kilgore.