Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools
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Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools

Hello everyone, my name is Mabel Abram. My home was recently vandalized when I was out of town for a couple weeks. Upon returning home, I was shocked to see graffiti on the walls and flooring ripped up. I called a local contractor to give me a bid on the work. I elected to have the materials restored to their original state by the contractor. The job required replacement of some of the support materials, including floor joists and drywall. I want to lead people through the process of repairing damage to their home through this website. My site will teach people about building materials and tools used for repair and remodel jobs. I will also talk about material upgrades you can use for your floors, walls and ceilings. Thank you.

Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools

What Is Chinese Drywall?

Vanessa Stevens

If you hear the term "Chinese drywall" it is in reference to a huge amount of drywall that was manufactured in China and shipped to the United States in the early 2000s. This drywall mainly used in the construction of residential buildings. There were serious problems with this drywall, as it caused health issues to occupants. This article will explain the dangers of Chinese drywall and how to discover if your building has it.

Where was Chinese Drywall Used?

Chinese drywall has mostly been used in the Southeast of the United States. Most Chinese drywall was found in homes that were built between 2003 and 2008. States like Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi have had the highest number of cases. Most of these homes were built after a number of hurricanes in 2005. If you think that your building might have been built with Chinese drywall, you or a company like Mustang Builders Inc should investigate, even if you do not live in one of these states.

Searching for Chinese Drywall

Unfortunately, many of the drywall manufacturers did not print their brand name or make any other markings on the drywall, so it can be hard to discover. However, many pieces were produced with the markings "Made in China" or simply "China". Most home improvement stores in the United States did not carry Chinese drywall, so do not worry if you purchased drywall from a major retail chain. Most of the Chinese drywall that was used in construction was bought by large construction companies from wholesalers. 

Health Issues

Since Chinese drywall is such a new problem, there are no studies into the long term health effects. However, it has been proven, in the short term, to cause sore throat, allergies, chest pain, cough, asthma and nausea. If you, or anyone in your home, starts to display these symptoms, it is worth testing your home for Chinese drywall as soon as possible.

The CPSC

The first thing to do if you suspect you have Chinese drywall is to contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission or (CPSC). This is the lead federal agency investigating the effects of Chinese drywall. They will be able to guide you through the testing process and let you know if your home builders used Chinese drywall in the construction. You should be aware that there are no federally approved testing kits available yet. There are unverified tests that are easy to administer and will give you immediate results.


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