Broward to help educate owners of homes with Chinese Drywall
From the office of Commissioner Stacy Ritter:
The Broward County Commission unanimously passed a motion which will help homeowners find and get more accurate information about the clean-up of defective Chinese drywall. Broward Commissioner Stacy Ritter asked the Commission to direct county staff to make updated, federal government approved information available to homeowners
At this time, the only approved way to rid a home of fumes and the corrosive environment from the defective drywall would be to remove the Chinese manufactured drywall from the property. That is according to the staff at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which published a report back in April, titled “Interim Remediation Guidance for Homes with Corrosion from Problem Drywall.” The report also recommends replacing all smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, all electrical components including wiring and all interior pipes including gas and fire sprinkler systems.
“There are too many Broward County homeowners who are suffering from this problem and are being bombarded with advertisements from companies who cannot actual clean up the home,” says Commissioner Ritter. “In these tough economic times, homeowners may be tempted to try another, less costly method to fix their problem. The Commission has now directed county staff to provide homeowners with updated and correct information. We won’t allow our residents to be preyed upon by unscrupulous people.”
Commissioner Ritter hopes this move by the County Commission will help homeowners become educated before hiring any company that offers services claiming to correct problems associated with Chinese drywall.
Other federal agencies working on finding ways to correct the tainted drywall and monitor unscrupulous business practices associated with the drywall include the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Interagency Task Force. Homeowners can sign up for email alerts by going to http://www.drywallresponse.gov. Fraud and unfair business practice complaints can be made to the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or to the CPSC at or at 1-800-638-2772.
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