Chinese Drywall Issues

Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) do not confirm the existence of health problems connected with Chinese drywall. The CDC, however, states on that the CPSC “has received about 2,702 reports from residents in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to the presence of drywall produced in China.”

The CDC has discovered emissions from the Chinese drywall to contain carbonyl sulfide and carbon disulfide gases, albeit in small amounts and only in “some samples obtained through limited testing.”

Eye irritations, sore throat, stuffy nose, a persistent cough, shortness of breath or chest pain, general nausea, and headaches can all be attributed to a few hours of exposure to these sulfur gases found in the Chinese drywall. If exposed to these sulfur gases for anywhere from a few days to several weeks, health issues may arise including fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, poor memory, dizziness, insomnia, and headaches.

The best advice the CDC seems to offer for those who have the affected drywall in their homes is to avoid intensive exercise in the home, and to go outside for fresh air.

Sources:

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Drywall Information Center at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/drywall/index.html. Accessed December 27, 2009.
  2. “CPSC Releases 2nd Chines Drywall Report; Corrosion Link Cited,” The PopTort.com at www.thepoptort.com/chinese-drywall/, Novemeber 24, 2009. Accessed December 27, 2009.
  3. “Imported Drywall and Health—A Guide for Healthcare Providers,” CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drywall/docs/Drywall_for_Healthcare_Providers.pdf, September 2009. Accessed December 27, 2009.
  4. Ross, Allison. “‘D Day for Chinese drywall’ brings little new information,” The Palm Beach Post News at http://www.palmbeachpost.com/pbcsouth/content/business/epaper/2009/10/29/10 29drywalltestresults.html, Thursday October 29, 2009. Accessed December 27, 2009.