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Chinese Drywall Facts

Before you start panicking over the recent reports regarding the crisis with drywall imported from China, please do yourself a favor and read what the State of Florida has published on their website. I feel it is in your best interest to direct you to this official source in order for you to be well informed and are able to make sensible decisions based on what information the State of Florida is able to provide for now. Please check back periodically as I will be providing the latest information as I receive it. Remember not every piece of drywall used in construction or remodeling here in South Florida is tainted. There are many newer communities in Miami, Homestead and throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties that are perfectly fine. Give me a call and I’ll be more than happy to share what information I have regarding this and any other home or property inspection issue you seek information about. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Below is the official state link and screenshots taken from that website.


First, determine the date of construction.

To meet the current case definition (03-30-09) homes constructed after 2003 (2004 to present) must meet two or more conditions; and those built prior to 2004 must meet three or more of the conditions specified below.

  1. There is presence of sulfur-like or other unusual odors

  2. Confirmed presence of Chinese manufactured drywall in the home (Pictures)

  3. Observed copper corrosion, indicated by black, sooty coating of Un-insulated copper pipe leading to the air handling unit present in the garage or mechanical closet of home (Pictures)

  4. Documented failure of air conditioner evaporator coil (located inside the air handling unit) (Pictures)

  5. Confirmation by an outside expert or professional for the presence of premature copper corrosion on Un-insulated copper wires and/or air conditioner evaporator coils (inside the air handling unit) (Pictures)

Other Issues:


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Confirmed presence of Chinese manufactured drywall in the home

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