Claims of a Chinese Drywall Fix Likely Bogus, FTC SaysDec 18, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers about Chinese drywall repair scams. The commission said consumers should be on the alert for anyone trying to sell test kits, inspections, and quick fixes for tainted drywall.
So far, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has received more than 2000 reports from residents in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico concerning Chinese drywall.Tests recently released by the CPSC of 51 homes confirmed that the presence of hydrogen sulfide is the essential component that causes copper and silver sulfide corrosion found in Chinese drywall homes.
The drywall problems have forced many people out of their homes, and some families are dealing with the heavy financial burden of paying both rent and mortgage payments. Those unable to afford additional rent have no choice but to stay in their potentially hazardous homes.
The CPSC and other federal agencies in the Federal Interagency Task Force are studying testing and remediation protocols for affected homes, but according to the FTC, no federally-approved testing kits or remediation methods currently exist. Any individual or company claiming to have a fix for Chinese drywall is likely a scammer.