Important Announcement - Defective Drywall and Your Health
Posted by Benjamin Dona on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 3:31pm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta finally released their report confirming that Defective, or Chinese, drywall "does impact the health of residents" where it was used in the original construction process. Most of the Chinese drywall was installed in new construction during 2005 and 2006 and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) feels that approximately 11,000 homes were impacted in the Southern region. They found that the health implications are worse in Florida, where the heat and humidity are higher than in other locations.
The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease (ATSDR) at the CDC says that the most vulnerable could be children with asthma and older individuals with respiratory diseases. The health effects include headaches, irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, bloody noses, feeling tired, and in controlling asthma and other respiratory illnesses. There were 11 deaths reported by various states where Chinese drywall was present; however, the CDC reports that the Defective drywall was not a primary factor in those circumstances.
In early 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) began investigating the problem with imported drywall from China with support from ATSDR and other federal and state agencies. CPSC has guidance for identifying problem drywall and the CPSC has posted guidelines on their website for what to do for its remediation. It is important to note - the study findings did not determine the "how" of the emissions from Defective drywall's use and that no remediation can remove the entire emissions residue, as it seeps into concrete block, bricks and foundations.
There are numerous lawsuits being overseen by the New Orleans federal court in a multistate settlement program where there are more than 20,000 homes said to be affected.
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Benjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.
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