Toxic Chinese drywall is said to have entered the United States during late 2000 or early 2001 and reached peak use between 2004 and 2006. Houses are often built with materials (drywall) from several sources and investigators have discovered a mixture of good and tainted drywall in most cases. This makes it potentially easy to pass by a handful of tainted boards that could ruin a home or potentially cause a health risk to occupants.
Homeowners have also made claims of severe allergic reactions to the gases given off by the toxic boards. Symptoms have ranged from a runny nose/cough with a headache to upper respiratory irritation, nose bleeds, and worse.
Many feel that the federal government should come to the aid of homeowners, such as Brian Eisenberg of Boynton Beach, Florida. However, many homeowners feel that help isn’t coming fast enough.
Eisenberg’s six-bedroom home was built with Chinese drywall in 2007 and he believes the drywall is responsible for damages to his home and health. Last week work started at Eisenberg’s house to gut and repair all damages caused by the drywall. Eisenberg is footing the bill by himself because he’s frankly tired of waiting.
“We’re spending a lot of money without any aid from the government or any other agency to do this,” says Eisenberg “Because the government is dragging its feet in setting protocol, we have to basically take it above and beyond what we think the government is going to expect for remediation.”