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Old 06-19-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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Are new construction/remodelled houses in Dallas area seeing the chinese drywall issue? Is this something that can be checked for during regular home inspection when buying a place or does it require special inspection?

I searched and couldn't find anything in Dallas forum, but a lot in Florida forums.

Thanks for your feedback.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Are new construction/remodelled houses in Dallas area seeing the chinese drywall issue? Is this something that can be checked for during regular home inspection when buying a place or does it require special inspection?
I have heard a number of different stories regarding the extent of the problem Chinese drywall in Texas. It runs the gambit from some to quite a bit. So far I have not run into any that was identifiable here in the DFW area. I have heard of a couple of cases where it appeared from remodels done during the peak of the drywall demand era.

As for a regular home inspection the Inspector can check in the attic, lift the insulation and look for the name "[font=arial][SIZE=2][font=Arial][SIZE=2]KNAUF" or "Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin)" stamped on the back. When you, or the Inspector, enters the home there may also be the characteristic sulfur (sulphur) smell in the air. Another potential indicator is a newer built home, or one with a newer installed HVAC system, where the copper components (HVAC cooling coils, copper water pipes, even are scaling (a black scaling look) unusually bad for such short time being installed. Beyond that would require either destructive testing of sheetrock removal or specialized testing for the components that are off gassing from the drywall components.

If you perform a search on "chinese drywall in texas" you will be greeted with many links regarding this. There are also consumer WEB sites specifically dealing with homeowner concerns such as Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (Home | HADD - Home Owners Against Deficient Dwellings) who also cover these type stories.

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Old 06-20-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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I don't think from what I have read on the FL posts that chinese drywall is currently imported into the US so I don't think it would be used in homes being constructed currently

supposedly 06/7 was the timeframe when Chinese drywall was imported/used pretty significantly in FL--to put that into historical perspective that is also the year that Katrina hit and massive amounts of drywall were needed for that recovery effort along the Gulf coast--not to mention the hugh amounts needed for the construction of new homes before the housing bubble burst...
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Default Sheetrock issues

If you want to have homes tested before buying, you have to have hydrogen sulfur and sulfur dioxide testing done first. The labels on the sheetrock will not for surely tell you. If it is one particular brand you will find it, but this problem is both Chinese and domestic. you need to know if there is an excess sulfur level.
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