Alabama is a Caveat Emptor ("let the buyer beware") state in terms of real estate transactions and there are no current legislated real estate transaction regulations pertaining to real estate containing Chinese Drywall.
In the most general terms Chinese Drywall refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China and imported to The United States (US) between approximately 2001 and 2007. Analytical laboratory tests of suspect samples for volatile chemicals have identified emissions of the sulfurous gases carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. These emissions, which have the odor of rotten eggs, worsen as temperature and humidity rise and cause copper surfaces to turn black and powdery, a chemical process indicative of reaction with hydrogen sulfide. Copper pipes, wiring, and air conditioner coils, as well as silver jewelry. Homeowners have reported a variety of systems, including respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, chronic coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as chronic headaches and sinus issues.
We utilize EMSL Analytical, Inc. for all laboratory analytical services. They are a full service environmental and materials testing laboratory with laboratory locations nationwide. The services that they provide in connection with our Chinese Drywall investigations generally include; but, are not limited to testing for total strontium, presence of impurities, sulfur-based gases, elemental sulfur, analysis of copper wires and/or surfaces, as well as accelerated corrosion tests.
It is more probable than not that a majority of the problem Chinese Drywall houses have been identified in The State of Alabama as a result of the MDL suit. However, we can provide Chinese Drywall inspections as either a standalone service or in connection with a standard residential home inspection. These services as they pertain to a being performed in connection with a residential home inspection would generally be limited to only a Step One inspection given that a Step Two inspection generally involves taking multiple drywall samples from a property.
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