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are there problems with Chinese drywall in Jonathans bay ft myers florida 33908

  • November 04 2012 - Fort Myers
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Chinese drywall began arriving in the United States in 2001 and was imported in larger quantities after the 2004 - 2005 for hurricane repair until 2007.  Chinese drywall continued to be imported and used in home construction through out the US.  Feb 2009, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida requested a ban on the defective drywall, and bill urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall Chinese-made drywall and temporarily ban its import.  It was only in Nov of 2009 that the CPSC issued its report about Chinese drywall. Chinese drywall was installed in an unknown number of new construction project through out the US.  I have seen numbers like 100,000 homes built with and half a billion pounds of drywall imported since 2006.

Southern States are more effected because temperature and humidity rise and cause copper surfaces to turn black and powdery, a chemical process indicative of reaction with hydrogen sulfide. Copper pipes, wiring, and air conditioner coils are affected, as well as silver jewelry. 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.

Since your home is a southern home and exposed to higher temperatures and humidity signs of drywall will show up on your copper pipes and air-conditioning coils.

I would recommend anyone purchasing a home or suspecting they have Chinese drywall have their home inspected. A ridiculous range of 2003 to 2007 is often tossed around.  New construction or home repairs and remodels from 2001 until 2010 can be effected.  It can be one board or your whole house pyrite oxidation may be the source of the sulfur compounds released by Chinese drywall.

I have done many inspections in Central Florida and always look for the signs of pyrite oxidation on copper plumbing and system components.
  • December 21 2012
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Hi,

Valid question and you won't know the answer until it has been inspected.
Some homes are hybrids meaning you have have a mix of chines drywall in the home. One board CD in the garage and some in other areas. If it is mostly CD you should be able to smell it and see corrosion on the fixtures and any visible copper. A very distinct sulfur smell but also can mimic high sulfur water content. If there is sulfur in the water the water supply should have a treatment system with an aeriator. Many variables in this scenario.If I can be of any help please call or write.

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  • November 30 2012
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Jonathan's Bay is a great community. Like others built in the 2003-2007 range drywall issues are a possibility. A good inspection is a must. Are you looking to buy? Do you need a good inspector? I can help. [contact information deleted by ZIllow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]
  • November 27 2012
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