Toxic drywall is causing concern across North America, and may make some home buyers hesitant when shopping for a new home. In an article by Bob Aaron, a Toronto real estate lawyer, called Chinese Drywall Creating Crisis, the Toronto Star reported last month that defective Chinese drywall emits toxic hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide and other gasses when exposed to humidity. When the drywall off gasses it creates a noxious odour, which can result in serious health conditions and illnesses, such as breathing problems, eye irritation, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, sore throat, bloody nose and headaches.
Bob Aaron reports that hundreds of millions of sheets of the defective drywall were imported into the United States between 2001 and 2007. It was also reported an estimated 929,000 square metres arrived in Canada through Vancouver in the same period. According to reports, much of the imported product was used in the lower B.C. mainland, but there is a good chance some made it to the Prairies, and even as far east as Southern Ontario.
Industry watchers have estimated that as few as three sheets of drywall in a house can be enough to contaminate all the walls, reported The Star. In the United States, the crisis has caused the House of Representatives to introduce the Drywall Safety Act to protect citizens. In Canada, industry experts told The Star that the scope of the problem remains to be seen. CREB® will be monitoring this issue as well.
Is US Drywall Toxic?
July 8, 2009 - Since writing this blog post last week 2 families from the USA have contacted me, both claiming their new homes have toxic drywall *suspected sulphur contaminated* manufactured in and by American companies. One of the companies is Georgia-Pacific, who manufacture a product called ToughRock®. According to their website "Georgia-Pacific Gypsum supports sustainable production of gypsum wallboard by using reclaimed gypsum, recycled paper, and clean fuels". GP manufactures synthetic gypsum wallboard (drywall) using the output of the Flu Gas Desulphurization (FGD).
October 26, 2006 - Florida insurer renews policy despite toxic drywall
November 23, 2009 - Bill would protect homeowners with Chinese drywall
January 2011 - Victims of Chinese Drywall
If you've had an experience with any toxic drywall, or know of someone who has, please leave your comments and location (city prov/state).
- reprinted from July 03, 2009 CREB Talk -
Jim Sparrow sells Calgary Real Estate with Royal LePage & specializes in South Calgary and luxury homes. Browse through our Living in Calgary blog, view current listings, and when you have questions, simply email, or page me directly at Royal LePage Solutions 403.252.5900.