Toxic Chinese drywall is said to have first entered the United States in late 2000 or early 2001 and it reached it’s peak use between 2004 and 2006.  Reports of houses smelling of rotten-eggs and charred electrical wiring spread quickly throughout the US.      Many federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, plus many state health departments are investigating Chinese drywall.  The goal of the investigation is to determine it’s potential risk to the health of residents and how destructive it is to other building materials.
Reports state that insurance claims submitted by homeowners affected by toxic drywall to replace the defective drywall have been denied.  Insurance companies have denied these claims because many federal agencies have not yet pinpointed the problem definitely.
`Testing conducted by manufacturer consultants found low levels of carbonyl sulfide and carbon disulfide gases, which are colorless and smell similar to rotten eggs.
Residents have made reports of a “rotten egg” smell in their homes, also blackened and corrosive metal components.  Health symptoms such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, bloody and runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infections, and asthma attacks have also been reported.

 
 

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