Homeowners Consumer Center Now Offers to Help Home Buyers in Florida or the Gulf States Avoid Buying a Toxic Chinese Drywall House--Because Its the Right Thing to Do

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The Homeowners Consumer Center is now warning all home buyers in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Southeast Texas to avoid buying a home, condo, or townhouse that contains toxic Chinese drywall, especially if the home, condo, or townhouse contains Knauf Tianjin, Taishan, or blank drywall the group assumes came from China, because these homes are probably better off being bulldozed, than having a family live in them. The group is also offering to provide home buyers in these states with some simple instructions that should help them avoid making the biggest mistake of their live-by getting stuck with one of these very toxic homes. http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com

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The Homeowners Consumer Center says, "If these same states require disclosure of lead paint, why wouldn't they require disclosure of a building product toxic enough to eat a hole in a copper air conditioning coil?

The Homeowners Consumer Center is now offering to help all potential home buyers in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Southeast Texas avoid buying a toxic home, condominium, or townhouse, that contains poisonous drywall that was made in China. Toxic Chinese drywall homes were first discovered in Florida in late 2008, or early 2009. By February of 2009 homes that contained toxic Chinese drywall were also discovered in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Southeast Texas, and Virginia. National litigation was commenced almost immediately with the two biggest defendants being Knauf, and it's Tianjin drywall product, and Chinese government owned factories that produced a drywall product known as Taishan (Marked Made In China). In February of this year a universal settlement was announced for homeowners stuck with Knauf Tianjin, and the litigation involving Chinese state owned factories that produced the Taishan toxic Chinese drywall is still ongoing, with no progress towards a meaningful resolution in sight. The largest group of toxic Chinese drywall homes were built during the time frames of 2005 through 2007, with the key years being 2005, and 2006.

The Homeowners Consumer Center says, "If toxic Chinese drywall is toxic enough to eat through a copper air conditioning coil, and or turn copper electrical wires black we have to assume long term exposure to toxic Chinese drywall is not going to be very good for the health of a homeowner, or their children." The imported toxic Chinese drywall was primarily manufactured by two companies, Taishan Gypsum and Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, a Chinese affiliate of a German company, according to court records. http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com

The Homeowners Consumer Center is recommending the following types of easy inspections for toxic Chinese drywall for any home buyer considering the purchase of a single family home, a condominium, or a townhouse in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Southeast Texas, and Virginia.

  • Have the sellers listing real estate agent put in writing the sellers are not aware of any issue with toxic Chinese drywall in their home, condominium, or townhouse. Because many of these toxic Chinese drywall homes are bank owned foreclosures, request the bank's property manager put in writing the home does not now, nor has it ever contained toxic Chinese drywall. If the seller, or the bank representative refuses to sign such a document, move onto another home, condominium, or townhouse.
  • Buyers should on their own call the company that has been servicing the air conditioning system, and request the company check their records to see if the home, condominium, or townhouse has a record of numerous failed air conditioning coils-since 2005-to present. If the answer is yes, move onto another home. Typically an air conditioning company leaves a service tag, with contact information on the air conditioning unit.
  • Before actually purchasing the home, the home buyer should get an electrical inspection from a licensed electrician to see if any of the copper ground wires in every electrical outlet box in the house have turned black. Because bathrooms typically contain a different type of drywall, the electrician does not have to inspect the electrical outlet boxes in the bathroom, or bathrooms. If the home has recently been rewired, or if the drywall has been completely replaced we would suggest the potential home buyer move onto another home. http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com

The Homeowners Consumer Center says, "Most US citizens in states outside of the extreme US Southeast have not heard of toxic Chinese drywall, or the very real problem of uneducated home buyers purchasing one of these homes unknowingly." http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com

The Homeowners Consumer Center is not a law firm, and this press release is not an attempt to practice law. It is a modest attempt to prevent a innocent home buyer from unknowingly buying a home, condominium, or townhouse that contains toxic Chinese drywall. It is also an attempt to put pressure on state legislatures in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to enact meaningful disclosure laws for toxic Chinese drywall homes. The Homeowners Consumer Center says, "If these same states require disclosure of lead paint, why wouldn't they require disclosure of a building product toxic enough to eat a hole in a copper air conditioning coil?" http://HomeownersConsumerCenter.Com

(United States District Court-Eastern District of Louisiana MDL Case #2047)

The Homeowners Consumer Center has also provided a link to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission about toxic Chinese drywall.

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