Do you know what type of drywall or lather has been installed into your home? Recently, it has come to light that some of the drywall being used in our homes has come from China and this Chinese drywall is considered to be toxic.
What’s so toxic about the Chinese Drywall? Tests that were completed on the drywall that made its way into North America revealed that potentially toxic gases were being released from the drywall, with the ability to cause a myriad of health problems for the people within the home, exposed to the Chinese drywall lather on a daily basis.
The Chinese drywall should be removed from the home to ensure that you are not being exposed and potentially causing harm to the lungs or leading the way for the disease in the future.
How can you tell if the Chinese Drywall was installed in your home? To identify if the drywall has been installed on the walls of your home, there are certain signs that you can look for. In areas of the home where there are exposed copper pipes, or even behind walls, the surface of the copper pipes will turn black if exposed to the elements in the toxic drywall.
In addition to the changes in the appearance of copper pipes, indication of higher levels of sulfur has been recognized. The telltale scent of rotting eggs throughout the home and near the drywall can be an indication that the Chinese drywall is present in your home, and help may be required.
What should you do if you have found out the drywall in your home is Chinese drywall? Chances are, if the drywall that you have in your home has been installed after 2002 you don’t have to worry. The Chinese drywall in question was discovered in 2001. Builders and home renovation experts were notified at this time and likely replaced the potentially toxic drywall in the homes being renovated – but DIY homeowners that installed drywall throughout this time period may want to undergo the testing to see if the drywall in the home is exposing your family to toxic gases.