One of the more interesting stories that has cropped up lately is that of Toxic Chinese Drywall, used heavily during the building boom of the last few years. Homeowners of new construction have been reporting significant rotten egg smells, corrosion to metal fixtures, and respiratory problems in their homes. A 51 home study has found elevated levels of Hydrogen Sulfide. Drywall linked to Chinese manufacturers has been shown in the study to contain elevated levels of “elemental sulfur”, and elevated levels of formaldehyde were also noted. “Investigators believe that the additive or synergistic effects of these and other compounds in the subject homes could cause irritant effects evident in the homes.”
This has not been a big story out west, as most of the drywall was apparently used in the South and along the East Coast, but the way the modern supply chain works, who really knows? This may well pop up in a house near you, so be aware.
Here is a video that shows first hand what is happening.
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