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Chinese drywall linked to health issues

Chinese drywall has been used in many homes in the United States. In fact, more than 20,000 homes reportedly used Chinese-made drywall. Unfortunately, this type of product has been linked to health issues and electrical defects. A new report by the federal government shows that Chinese drywall can be defective and pose risks to a person's health. 

Why is Chinese drywall hazardous? Chinese drywall contains high levels of hydrogen sulfide and other compounds that can cause health effects like difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, headaches, itchy eyes, coughing and asthma, according to the report. The Environmental Protection Agency has previously said that hydrogen sulfide can cause respiratory problems. In addition to the health issues, homeowners with this type of drywall have reported foul odors and electrical issues like their appliances not working due to corroded wiring. 

The findings that Chinese drywall may be hazardous and defective is troubling since many homes had this type of drywall installed. Drywall is used to make ceilings and interior walls so people with the defective drywall are constantly surrounded by the high levels of hydrogen sulfide and other compounds. When homeowners breathe in these compounds, they may become ill or suffer some of the health issues stated in the report. 

The installation of Chinese drywall in many U.S. homes has already led to several lawsuits filed by homeowners as well as contractors, builders and construction companies. Homeowners and contractors can take legal action against the manufacturer for the defects and hazards the product poses to consumers. Homeowners and home builders alike expect the products being installed in their homes to be safe and reliable. When products are defective and pose serious health risks to everyone exposed to the drywall, lawsuits can be filed to hold the manufacturer accountable for their defective and potentially dangerous product. 

Source: USA Today, "Report backs Chinese drywall health complaints," Elizabeth Weise, May 2, 2014

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