Toxin name: Sulfur Gases, Strontium Sulfide
Products containing toxin: Contaminated dry wall possibly connected to fly ash(a waste product of coal)
Manufacturer(s): Several Chinese Manufacturers, though some contaminated sources may bear fake U.S. Manufacturers labels
Approved uses: Home Construction, mainly in homes constructed between 2001 and 2007
Common side effects:
• asthma attacks
• bloody nose breathing difficulty
• gastrointestinal problems
• irritated eyes
• runny nose
• shortness of breath
• sinus problems
• sore throat and urinary tract infections
During the housing boom in the early 2000s, construction companies imported millions of pounds of Chinese drywall. Much of that supply of material may be tainted with chemicals, fumigants or fungicides which have been reported to give off toxic fumes leading to corrosion of copper wiring, tubing, and potentially serious health concerns. Reported symptoms include respiratory problems, sinus problems, fatigue, and a host of other ailments. Class action lawsuits have been filed in Florida, Louisiana, Virginia and Ohio.
Health Concerns over Contaminated Chinese Drywall
Recent reports have pointed to a new concern in housing construction, a contamination of drywall imported from China. Claims by homeowners have begun surfacing alleging that the imported drywall is releasing toxic chemicals which are corroding copper wires, tarnishing silver, and most importantly, causing health problems for the tenants.
The Source of Contamination
The drywall in question was imported in to the U.S. around 2006, when builders were experiencing high demand for new housing in the Southeast following Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina and Rita. With such a large market for housing construction, many building suppliers found themselves lacking many essential building materials, including drywall. Shipments of Chinese drywall were readily available and cheaper than drywall manufactured in the U.S. In fact, some of the materials manufactured in China bore a phony logo of a U.S. company.
While the material source of the contamination is known, the cause of the contamination is still subject to speculation. Many toxicologists hypothesize that the dangerous drywall was manufactured in gypsum mines which are contaminated with fly ash, a waste product of coal given off after it is burned for power. Others point to the idea that the drywall contains sulfur emitting bacteria. These shipments of drywall were kept on barges at sea for months awaiting clearance for entry in to port. Yet another theory is that the adhesive binding the paper to the drywall is contaminated.
Initial tests of the contaminated drywall has revealed strontium sulfide as the toxic, malodorous gas. This gas may be dangerous to children during their developmental years as it has been shown to affect bone growth. Prolonged exposure to the gas could cause problems in the central nervous system and other vital organs. It is also possible that particulate matter from the Chinese drywall could adhere to other parts of the house, causing contamination to spread away from the walls and through the rest of the house.
Quality Legal Advice
Several dozen homeowners have already filed lawsuits in Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, and Virginia. Many of these class action lawsuits have targeted building contractors, suppliers, and the drywall manufacturers. LegalView.info provides free access to an experienced class action lawyer interested in assisting with the development of a Chinese drywall lawsuit. If you believe you have a Chinese drywall case, use the simple contact form at the top of the page. You may be entitled to monetary compensation through a Chinese drywall class action lawsuit.