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Disposing of defective drywall

By A Treasure Coast essay by Paul Janensch

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Fort Pierce, FL – Nationwide, at least 63-hundred homeowners have reported sulfur emissions from drywall - also known as wallboard or gypsum board. The emissions smell like rotten eggs and cause itchy eyes and skin, breathing problems and headaches. They also corrode pipes, air conditioner coils and electrical wiring. More than half the complaints were in Florida - mostly in South Florida, as well as along the Treasure Coast. The defective drywall was made by companies in China and installed in many homes constructed or remodeled between 2003 and 2008. If you think your interior walls were built with defective Chinese drywall, be careful whom you call. In a Consumer Alert, the Federal Trade Commission warns homeowners to watch out for scam artists trying to sell "quick fixes for tainted drywall." There are no quick fixes. Homes with contaminated drywall should be gutted of all drywall, plumbing and wiring. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation urges you to hire a licensed contractor to do the work. You can verify a contractor's license on line. Go to www.myfloridalicense.com. That's myfloridalicense - one word - dot com. It's bad enough to be exposed to tainted drywall. You don't want to be ripped off, too. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.

Treasure Coast essayist Paul Janensch was a newspaper editor and taught journalism at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.