According to Housingwire, in a new report, investigators found that the problem we saw last year with homebuilders like Hovnanian using cheap, defective, and downright dangerous!
Nine of the 11 properties showed electrical corrosion including blackened copper wire and air conditioning evaporator coils. The five homes with problematic drywall exhibited “corroborating evidence,” such as sulfur build up, hydrogen sulfide emissions and copper sulfide development, synonymous with problem drywall.
While 11 homes may not seem statistically significant, the full report goes into greater detail, and after a cursory glance in the early AM hours, it seemed the methodology was fairly sound (although there are some caveats). To absolutely no-one’s surprise, the majority of houses with reported problem drywall are in the south east, specifically in the bubbilicious Sunshine State:
The CPSC compared the homes in its most recent study to homes it previously surveyed. All homes were reported to have domestically produced drywall by the owners. Neither the CPSC nor EH&H independently confirmed the drywall was made in the United States.
As of Jan. 7, there were 3,770 incidents reported of defective drywall, according to the CPSC. Florida has the most with 2,137 cases, followed by Louisiana with 704 cases and Alabama with 215.
The report does not mention where these houses are by zip code or even better, by address, so we’ll need to do some more research as to which home-builders have the largest liability from domestically-produced problem drywall. Strap in, this could be a helluva ride for some homebuilders…