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“Chinese Drywall” refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China, imported to the United States and used in residential construction between 2001 and 2009. This has affected “an estimated 100,000 homes in more than 20 states during this time span.” The use of Chinese drywall in Florida homes and buildings occurred between 2004 and 2006, during the housing boom.

Waypoint Property Inspection East is able to perform Chinese drywall inspections. There are 2 approaches: the first is where we will visually inspect the areas that can be affected by this toxic drywall, and the second approach is where we take at a sample and send it off to a lab.

For additional information about Chinese drywall issues specifically related to Florida residents, please check out our Chinese Drywall blog posts.

Who is at Risk of Chinese Drywall?

Home built starting around 2001 have been found to have toxic Chinese drywall. The majority of the cases found in Boca Raton, FL were in home built during the housing boom of 2004 – 2006. Builders were not able to obtain sufficient supplies of domestically manufactured drywall and millions of pounds of corrosive/defective drywall was imported. It is estimated that approximately 36,000 contained the defective drywall.

The Issues with Chinese (Corrosive) Drywall

The chemical compounds in the Chinese drywall is what causes the corrosion to occur to electrical wiring, copper throughout the house, silverback on mirrors, deterioration of HVAC systems and appliances, health issues including respiratory and eye irritation, headaches, nose bleeds and coughing. The health issues are more prevalent in the elderly and infants. Waypoint Property Inspection East in Boca Raton, FL can perform a Chinese drywall inspection to search for how severe the situation can be.

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About Our Chinese Drywall Inspections in Boca Raton, FL

Waypoint Property Inspection East has several methods for testing for Chinese drywall in Boca Raton, FL. One method is doing a visual inspection of the exposed metal components including copper wiring, coils in the HVAC Systems and other areas that would have been exposed to the corrosive vapor. This method is subjective in nature depending on the different levels of exposure. These inspections start at $295 to complete.

The second method is to take a representative number of samples of drywall from around your home (2”x2” samples) and through proper documentation and chain of custody. The samples are sent/delivered to an accredited laboratory for analysis. We try to take the sample from areas that are not noticeable including behind baseboards and inside closets if possible. This testing starts at $895 which would include three samples. If additional samples are needed, they are $175 per sample.

The final method is using an XRF Spectrometer. This is completed by a qualified inspector. If this method is desired we can obtain a quote for this inspection.

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Palm Beach County | St. Lucie County | Okeechobee County | Martin County | Broward County | Miami-Dade County