The problem affects about 3,000 homeowners in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The first step is to use the identification protocol described here to make sure that your home is affected by this problem drywall and not other factors.
The current solution is to remove all possible problem drywall. This includes drywall dust and debris. Replace electrical components and wiring, gas service piping and fire sprinkler systems, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. These remediation steps eliminate both the source of the corrosion and the corrosion-damaged components that might cause a safety problem in your home.
“Based on the scientific work to date, removing the problem drywall is the best solution currently available to homeowners,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.
Friday’s release of scientific findings connects certain Chinese drywall and corrosion in homes. The studies also show that some Chinese drywall does not cause corrosion or produce irritant health effects. That is why it is important to follow the identification protocol to be sure your drywall is the type that needs to be removed.
This summer, CPSC will have results of studies that examine the long-term safety implications of the problem drywall.
Even as that scientific work continues, HUD and CPSC want homeowners to know what they should do to fix their homes.
Homeowners should follow the Federal Trade Commission’s advice when hiring contractors to test or repair the damage to their homes. Confirm a contractor’s references, qualifications and background before agreeing to hire them.