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Protect Your familyDrywall shortages before and during the most recent construction boom caused drywall manufactured in China to be imported to the United States. In 2009, a "defect" was discovered; this defect causes copper to turn black and powdery, and sometimes the odor of "rotton eggs" or "sulfur" or "burnt matches" will also be present. Other issues include corrosion and premature failure of copper evaporator coils in air conditioning systems, oxidation and/or corrosion of electrical wiring, and corrosion to other metals present in these buildings.

Homeowners have reported a variety of symptoms, including respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, chronic coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as chronic headaches and sinus issues. The Florida Attorney General's office has warned of several deceptive practices targeted at homeowners, including bogus tests and test kits, ozone generators and chemical cleaners - so beware. Call us if you have any questions!

Chinese Drywall Options:

Follows the best practices as promulgated by the Florida Department of Health. A discount may be available when you combine this service with other services.

Requires taking a minimum size 2" x 2" piece of suspected drywall (but not more than 6” x 6").

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Do you need an inspection for Chinese Drywall? The State of Florida has developed a Case Definition to assist in determining whether a building has defective or Corrosive Chinese Drywall installed. To meet the current definition (12-18-09), follow the guidelines below:

Criteria 1: Sentinel Indicators of Drywall Associated Corrosion

  1. The home was constructed or renovated with new drywall between 2001 and 2009.
  2. Observed corrosion of air conditioner evaporator coil exemplified by black corrosion on copper tubing components. The corrosion can result in refrigerant leakage making it impossible to cool the home requiring coil replacement. Coil failures indicative of this problem typically occur every 6-14 months
  3. Observed metal corrosion, indicated by blackening of one or more of the following:
    • copper wires, ground wires, and electrical connectors
    • un-insulated and un-coated copper pipes and fittings
    • chrome-plated bathroom/kitchen fixtures
    • silver and copper jewelry
    • mirror backing in bathrooms

If you answer yes to all three of the above indicators, the home meets the criteria for "possible case", and further investigation is warranted. Call HomePro Inspections for your Chinese Drywall Assessment, 904-268-8211. This assessment will determine if your home meets the criteria for "probable cause". If your home does meet the criteria for "probable cause", we recommend testing, which will determine if your situation is a "confirmed case".

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