If your home was built or underwent repairs and remodeling between 2001 and 2009, it’s possible that toxic drywall imported from China was used. Signs of Chinese drywall include the smell of sulfur, corroding copper and electrical wires, and more. At HomePro Inspections, we offer inspection and testing options in order to determine if your home contains defective Chinese drywall. Request a quote online or call (904) 268-8211 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.

Our Chinese Drywall Options

Step 1

Chinese Drywall
Inspection

This service is appropriate when your home was built or heavily remodeled between 2001 and 2009, and you have noticed signs consistent with the presence of defective, toxic, or Chinese-made drywall.

  • Visual assessment
  • Follows Florida Dept. of Health best practices

*Discount available if combined with a home inspection package.

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Step 2

Chinese Drywall
Testing

This service is appropriate only if your Chinese Drywall Inspection (Step 1) report suggests a strong likelihood of the presence of defective, toxic, or Chinese-made drywall.

  • Minimum 2” x 2” drywall sample (not more than 6” x 6”)
  • Lab tested
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Common Signs of Chinese Drywall

During the construction boom between 2001 and 2009, drywall shortages in the United States caused the building industry to import drywall manufactured in China. The following signs are commonly present in homes that contain defective Chinese-made drywall.

Copper Pipes Turning Black and Powdery

Copper turns black and powdery.

Odor of Rotten Eggs or Burnt Matches

Creates odor of rotten eggs, sulfur, or burnt matches.

Corroding Copper Evaporator Coils

Corrosion of copper evaporator coils in air conditioning systems.

Oxidation and Corrosion of Electrical Wires

Oxidation and/or corrosion of electrical wiring.

Metal Corroding in the Home

Corrosion of other metals present in the home.

Do You Need an Inspection for Chinese Drywall?

To help determine whether a property may have defective or corrosive Chinese drywall installed, the state of Florida has developed a case definition. To meet the current definition (12-18-09), follow the guidelines below.

Chinese Drywall

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 to 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 or kitchen fixtures
    • Silver and copper jewelry
    • Mirror backing in bathrooms

If all three of the above indicators are true of your home, then the home meets the criteria for “possible case” of Chinese drywall and further investigation is recommended. A Chinese drywall inspection from HomePro will determine if your home meets the criteria for “probable cause,” at which time testing is recommended. Testing will determine if your home has a “confirmed case” of Chinese drywall.

Exposure to Chinese Drywall Can Cause Health Issues

People who have been exposed to toxic Chinese drywall commonly experience symptoms that include the following:

Asthma
attacks

Chronic
coughing

Difficulty
breathing

Chronic
headaches

Sinus
issues

Located in Jacksonville, FL, and serving St. Augustine and the surrounding areas, HomePro Inspections provides the best in environmental testing services. In addition to Chinese drywall inspections and testing, we offer options for testing mold, indoor air quality, water, lead paint, asbestos, radon, and meth labs. Get started with a quote today by calling one of our knowledgeable team members at (904) 268-8211.