"I've done numerous inspections in Louisiana, mainly after Katrina, both for damage and later repairs," Venable adds, who has worked on insurance claims for Louisiana homeowners and their attorneys. "Later we have covered repairs and many types of defects because of this problem."
Venable explains why Chinese Drywall is surfacing in some areas sometimes years after it has been installed. "After the drywall had been in a home for a period of time, it got wet through humidity and began to emit sulfites. This caused corrosion on internal parts of air conditioners, electrical wiring and some electrical appliance complaints." Makes sense: that would in part explain why the problem first surfaced in the more humid states.
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That is the big question regarding Chinese drywall lawsuits. Venable says that going back to the maker is impossible—which would likely be a factory in China. "The distributor and/or contractor will be responsible," he adds. " I have acted as a Chinese drywall expert witness in two lawsuits so far. Neither case has gone to court at this point but I do know they are trying to put all the lawsuits into a class action."
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Venable has a few more words of advice: "Most times dealing with all these inspectors and lawyers can prove problematic to the homeowner simply because this is new and most lawyers' expertise is defined to health issues or construction—in most cases they don't cover both issues. And that also goes for inspectors."