The Consumer Product Safety Commission today strengthened the case against Chinese drywall makers by releasing three preliminary reports that links the imported wallboard to corrosion and irritating levels of chemicals. The reports, issued by the government ahead of a formal decision by the government on the matter, brings scientific proof to what plaintiff attorneys and homeowners have alleged for months: Chinese drywall is causing health problems and home damage where it has been installed since 2004.
The suspected link between Chinese drywall and toxic effects reported by thousands of U.S. homeowners was strengthened Monday by three preliminary reports issued by the federal government.
The strongest link came from an analysis of air sampled inside dozens of homes containing drywall made in China.
“While the study of 51 homes detected hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde … at concentrations below irritant levels, it is possible that the additive or synergistic effects of these and other compounds in the subject homes could cause irritant effects,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in its executive summary of the study.
Two other preliminary studies found copper sulfide corrosion in metal components taken from homes containing the Chinese drywall.
Obviously this is a very good sign for homeowners looking for positive results in their suits against the Chinese manufacturers. While the reports are preliminary and more government information is to come, this strengthens the case being made against companies like Knauf. For more information on Chinese drywall, continue to check in on this blog as news will be posted here as it becomes available.