Stark & Stark’s Construction Litigation Team is investigating possibly defective Chinese drywall (a.k.a. “sheetrock,” “plasterboard”) that has allegedly ruined many new condominium units in several states.
Over the past few months, owners of newer condominium units nationwide have been complaining of drywall that smells like rotten eggs. In several cases, owners have vacated their units because of the putrid odor. Homeowners have also reported problems with air conditioning and HVAC systems that are allegedly related to the defective Chinese drywall. Some have spent thousands of dollars to have air conditioning and HVAC system pipes and wiring repaired.
Usually, drywall is manufactured in the United States, but a shortage developed after Hurricane Katrina which prompted many builders to buy drywall from China. Most of the reported problems stem from drywall imported from China during the construction boom years of 2004-2005.
Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. of China, a subsidiary of German-based manufacturer Knauf, is the company at the focus of these drywall problems. Investigation by Lennar Homes has resulted in their conclusion that “some drywall can emit a naturally occurring sulfur compound that, when it interacts with the copper in the AC coil, can cause corrosion and lead to failure.” http://static.cbslocal.com/station/wfor/files/lennardrywall.pdf
If your condominium unit emits a smell like “rotten eggs”, you may have defective Chinese Drywall in your condominium. If you believe your home may have been constructed using defective Chinese drywall please contact Stark & Stark’s Construction Litigation group to discuss your rights and possible remedies.
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