Protect Your Family and Home by Checking for Chinese Drywall
Chinese drywall corrodes copper and metal surfaces, including electrical wiring. Check the refrigerant line on your air conditioner -- the line should be copper. The majority of homes with Chinese drywall have had air conditioning problems, specifically premature failure of evaporator coils. Electrical receptacles and switches should also be checked (of course, turn off the power first) to see if the ground wires are blackened. In a new home, the ground wire should be copper.
Many people assume that there is no Chinese drywall if there is no odor. Not true. The level of odor varies greatly in each home, as does each person's ability to detect the odor. In short, do not rely on your nose alone.
“It’s crucial that homeowners check for Chinese drywall – even if they think they do not have it,” said Allison Grant, Esq., creator of Chinesedrywall.com. “Many homes throughout the southern and western United States were built with the defective drywall, but haven’t started showing noticeable symptoms yet. These areas don’t have the kind of humidity that Florida does, so the drywall hasn’t been affected the same way. By the time the defect becomes apparent in these areas, it could be too late to file a claim.”