Environmental Risks In COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Chinese Drywall

What You Need to Know

Chinese drywall was installed primarily in residential structures mostly in the south and parts of the western USA but commercial applications did occur

Has a distinctive odor similar to a burnt match smell

Most, if not all, Chinese drywall has been ½” in thickness

Will corrode copper, silver, aluminum, chrome, and some stainless steel but no galvanized metals

What You Need to Do

Conduct visual and/or X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) testing to confirm presence

Remove drywall that is causing problems

Consideration should be given to removing any impacted metals and/or cleaning of porous materials

Myths and Misconceptions

Rotten egg odors are indicative of the presence of Chinese drywall-FALSE

Health complaints have been confirmed with exposure to Chinese drywall gases-FALSE

Air testing is a good diagnostic tool to confirm the presence of Chinese drywall-FALSE

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