Feds: Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted
Apr 2 02:34 PM US/Eastern
By CAIN BURDEAU
Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be completely gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed.
"We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the interior of their homes, and they need to start this to get their lives started all over again," said Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the commission, the federal agency charged with making sure consumer products are safe.
About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall, which was imported in large quantities during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Associated Press Writer Brian Skoloff in West Palm Beach, Fla., contributed to this report.
On The Web:
Drywall Information Center: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/drywall/index.html
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