Frequently Asked Questions About Chinese Drywall Remediation

 

Although Kross Inspectors DOES NOT offer repair services for homes with Chinese Drywall, we often receive questions from Contractors, Investors, and the General Public about the process. 

Below are a few "Frequently Asked Questions" and our responses.  If you do not see your question below, please complete the short form at the bottom of this page and one of our Chinese Drywall Specialists will contact you. 

 

I am contemplating purchasing a home that has been remediated for Chinese Drywall, but I want to make sure that the property has been properly remediated. How to do I know?

If you know a property has been remediated for Chinese Drywall, DEMAND a copy of the third party Inspection performed for the remediation project. A professional Contractor will ALWAYS hire an independent Inspector to properly document the efforts made during remediation, including which drywall, if any, were not removed.  We cannot stress enough how important obtaining this documentation is.  We receive phone calls every week from potential buyers and this is the first item we recommend before proceeding to Inspecting the home ourselves.  Without sufficient documentation, we can only report on whether symptoms do or do not exist at the time of our Inspection.  We cannot warranty or guarantee the home is free of problem drywall unless we witness the process or laboratory test every sheet post remediation.  Laboratory testing is more expensive than starting the remediation process from the beginning. 

Do I have to pull a permit to perform a Chinese Drywall Remediation project?

Yes.  Contact your local building department to determine what type of permit is required and what Inspections they will require. Please note:  Building Permits DO NOT provide a Clearance Inspection regarding removal of ALL Chinese Drywall.  Building Departments WILL not certify the home is free and clear of the problem.

 

Do I have to remove ALL the drywall from the property?

No. Gases produced from problem drywall are the source of destruction within the property. Common sense tells us that if all the "problem drywall" is removed, the source of the gases are then removed. However, a word of caution:  Based on the data secured from Inspecting over 26,000 homes, we know that the average "Positive" home contains only approximately 20% problem drywall.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that all problem drywall be removed from the property within their "minimum guidance". The most complicated part of following this "minimum guidance" is to ensure ALL problem drywall is selected for removal.  The most accurate method in selecting boards for removal or to leave behind is to laboratory test each board installed in the property.  At the end of the day, it is best to remove ALL drywall and perform repairs and/or replace affected components in order to make the property habitable, marketable, insurable, and mortgageable.   

 

If I only replace the drywall in the property, will this suffice to pass an Inspection when I go to sell the home or need to obtain insurance?

No.  There are additional steps that must be taken in order to have the property pass an Inspection performed by Kross Inspectors after a remediation project has been completed. Please complete the short form below to schedule a consultation with one of our Chinese Drywall Inspection Specialists in order to find out what we will be looking for in a remediated property. 

 

Do I have to replace the electrical wiring when I remediate a home for Chinese Drywall?

According to guidance issued by the CPSC, you do not have to replace the wiring.  However, it is recommended to replace all electrical safety devices, receptacles, fixtures, and switches.  However, certain procedures should be followed with the electrical wiring in order for the property to pass a Chinese Drywall Inspection. 

 

I am going to remediate a condo or townhome that is in the same building as other positive units.  If I remediate, will the Chinese Drywall spread from those units to mine?

No.  Drywall will not relocate by itself. However, the gasses produced by the drywall do travel.  In a properly built multi family building, the gasses should not travel from one unit to another.  An Inspection by a qualified Chinese Drywall Inspector is recommended prior to beginning your project in order to ensure that all firewalls are in tact and not compromised.

 

I have a copy of remediation paperwork for a property I am contemplating purchasing.  Will Kross Inspectors review this documentation and provide me with an opinion?

Yes.  We will be happy to provide a consultation, including reviewing documentation provided and offer guidance on the results.  Complete the form below to schedule your consultation with one of our Chinese Drywall Experts. 

 

Finally, the most important item for a Home Buyer, Seller, or Remediation Contractor is DOCUMENTATION! 

  • If you are contemplating purchasing a property that has been remediated, DEMAND DOCUMENTATION.  This is the only way you will be able to rest assured that the problem will not come back to haunt you in the future.
  • If you are a Remediation Contractor or Seller, Hire a Third Party Inspection Service (such as Kross Inspectors).  The independent review will provide you with documentation that will help weary buyers make an informed decision.  Don't think that they will just take your word for it.  Our experience has shown that Home Buyers are very reluctant to purchase a property that has been remediated, unless the process was properly documented and it can pass a final inspection by a qualified Chinese Drywall Inspector.

If you have any further questions regarding Chinese Drywall Remediation or would like to schedule a consultation (fees may apply) with one of our Chinese Drywall Experts, please complete the short form below. 

 

 

Drywall Remediation Consultation Request

Please use the form below to request your consultation regarding Chinese Drywall Remediation. One of our Inspectors will contact you to discuss your situation.

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