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Home Inspection: $250-$500
Well water: $100-$150
Wind mitigation: ask inspector
Defective Chinese drywall contains elevated levels of certain minerals and metals, such as sulfur. In a hot,
humid environment, this defective drywall emits noxious gases. The gases can create hazardous health
conditions for humans and pets, and reacts with metal surfaces in the home, most notably copper.
Copper is found in every important system in a home: electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and air systems,
computers and electronics, smoke detectors, and appliances.
The long term effects of the sulfur gas emitted from Chinese drywall means these systems experience
corrosion and eventual failure. Leaking copper pipes, expensive HVAC replacement, and elevated fire
hazard caused by corroded, arcing copper wiring (a possible fire hazard) are just a few of the possible
outcomes of prolonged Chinese drywall exposure in a home.
Drywall was imported from China during the real estate boom in our area, which most locals generally
agree dates between 2005 and 2007.
It is important to note that not all drywall manufactured in China during his period is considered defective.
FL real estate law requires home owners and real estate agents to disclose the possibility of the
existence of Chinese drywall when listing a property for sale.
If the seller or the listing agent is unaware of the possible presence of Chinese drywall, there are a few
telltale signs. When I take you through the home during your personal viewing, I will point out several
possible symptoms of a home that may have Chinese drywall.
Is there a rotten egg or ammonia type smell? Is there any sign of black corrosion on any copper pipes or
connectors in the home? Are a few of the wall outlets pulled from the wall, where others may have
checked for corrosion of the copper in the electrical wiring? Is there any sign of corrosion on the air
handler inside the home?
One home in a subdivision may have Chinese drywall, while the adjacent homes may have none.
Once your offer on a property is accepted, you will be conducting a home inspection within 10 days of all
parties receiving a copy of the signed purchase contract.
The home inspector you choose should have a disclaimer in their service agreement that details how
they handle the discovery of Chinese drywall. If they suspect it is present, they will provide examples of
symptoms in their inspection report, and recommend that you retain the services of a Chinese drywall
specialist to further inspect the property.
At this point, 99% of buyers will decide to back out of the contract once Chinese drywall is discovered, if
it is not first disclosed by the seller.
Remediation (repair) of Chinese drywall is expensive and extensive. It involves stripping everything in
the home down to the subfloor and studs, and replacing all copper plumbing and electrical wiring,
appliances, and HVAC systems.
The significant cost means most buyers will walk away from purchasing a home with Chinese drywall.
Homes for sale that have had Chinese drywall remediation should have the appropriate photos,
permits, remediation reports, and certifications, prior to a buyer making an offer on the property.
Here I include the most frequently asked questions about Chinese drywall and how it affects buyers and sellers in a real estate transaction. If you have further
questions not addressed here, please feel free to contact me.