Dangerous Drywall

POSTED: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 12:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

It's something most new homeowners wouldn't even imagine—that the drywall used to build their home could be dangerous.

But the governor's office says some of the material imported from China in 2005 is making thousands of houses unlivable.

In a letter to the environmental protection agency and the centers for disease control, Governor Jindal asked for federal funding to test homes.

"What we are looking for is for the feds to provide the experts and the laboratories that do this on the daily basis,” said Dr. Rony Francois.

Experts say there are warning signs that your house may have been built with potentially toxic drywall. In many cases, walls will emit a noxious sulfur gas that corrodes pipes, wires, air-conditioning coils and even jewelry. It smells like rotten eggs.

As many as 60,000 homes around the country may be affected.
Most complaints are from Florida.

Kristen Culliton moved out of her home in Bradenton, Florida after just one year because her house was built with defective drywall.

"I went to the doctor and he said if there's a smell in your home and you don't know what it is you need to move out,” said Culliton.

Widespread hurricane repairs and the nation's building boom led to a shortage of U.S. manufactured drywall, so some builders used a substitute from China.