Government offers guidance on problem drywall

April 8, 2010

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Consumer Product Safety Commission this week released interim remediation guidance (.pdf file) to assist homeowners with problem drywall.

Some imported Chinese drywall has been reported to cause health problems and corroding metal components in homes. Research has determined that hydrogen sulfide in the drywall is the cause of the corrosion.

The guidance recommends homeowners remove all problem drywall from their homes and any possibly corroded components, such as gas service piping, fire sprinkler systems, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and electrical components and wiring.

In January, HUD and CPSC released a protocol (.pdf file) to help homeowners identify problem drywall in their homes.