Perhaps you remember the Chinese drywall kerfuffle that occurred during the post-Hurricane Katrina housing boom. The health issues that residents developed helped bring the problem to light.

If yours is a post-Katrina-era home, your family members may experience symptoms that could indicate a Chinese drywall issue.

A little history

Hurricane Katrina was the third major hurricane in a very busy 2005 hurricane season. Katrina made landfall in Florida and Louisiana as a Category 5 storm with devastating results. Rebuilding took place on a massive scale. The construction materials required included drywall, much of which came from China. The United States imported this product from 20 different manufacturers between 2004 and 2008. Several companies became the focus of class action lawsuits after testing revealed that harmful elements, including toxic gases, were present in the drywall.

Health issues

The Florida Department of Health conducted tests on the wallboard that showed the presence of strontium sulfide and hydrogen sulfide, carbon disulfide and carbonyl sulfide, all toxic gases. Some residents detected a sulfur or “rotten egg” smell in their homes, while others began having health issues such as headaches, eye irritation, respiratory problems and even nosebleeds.

Detecting problems

If built between 2004 and 2008, Chinese drywall could have been used in your home's construction. One easy way to find out whether you have contaminated drywall is to take off a switch plate. If there is black soot on the electrical wiring, you should contact a licensed professional to investigate further. You also want to consult a physician about any health problems your family members may currently experience.

Managing insurance issues

Your home insurance or a home warranty from the builder should cover the issues connected with the presence of Chinese drywall. However, resolving such matters can be slow and complicated. Do not give up; you may achieve better progress by exploring the legal options available to you.

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