Cape Coral Chinese Drywall Issues

Government Guidelines For The Remediation Of Chinese Drywall

Many Cape Coral homes have been deemed “Chinese Drywall homes” and
unfortunately that comes with a stigma.  Most buyers are scared
away from the thought of purchasing a home affected with this mainly
because of the unknown.  We have learned a lot about them in recent
months and there continues to be more information on how and what is
necessary to correct the problems and make the home just like new.

Fortunately, the government has also stepped in and created a task
force that studied the effects Chinese drywall has on each individual
component of the home.  It is now mandated and guidelines were
created for removal and remediation.  This allows home owner the
security of knowing the job was done correctly.

The Interim Remediation Guidelines for Homes with Corrosion form
Problem Drywall are as follows

They state that you must replace:

  • All possible problem drywall
  • All fire safety alarm devices(including smoke alarms and carbon
    monoxide alarms)
  • All electrical component and wiring (including outlets, switches,
    and circuit breakers);and
  • All gas service piping and fire suppression sprinkler systems

According to the guidelines, once these repairs have been made your
home or potential home is ready and safe to occupy.  People have
once thought that it could spread to surfaces such as wood, tile,
carpet, and furniture.  The task force stated that they do not have
any scientific basis to believe that to be true.

The material in the effected drywall is high levels of sulfur, which
emits a corrosive gas that attaches itself to anything metal (copper
pipes, electrical wiring, HVAC, systems, appliances and so on) we know
that the removal process can be time consuming and added expense is
involved, but people should not steer clear of these properties
anymore.  There are many of these homes in inventory that are
priced well below market value giving the consumer the potential of
instant equity once the repairs have been made.

We have been in contact with a local contractor that states they are
able to repair these homes for approximately $21.00 a square foot (just
to give you an estimate of the repair costs). This contractor will
guarantee the complete removal of the drywall and all directly affected

We also have been made aware of a lender that has allocated funds for
rehabs, including Chinese Drywall.

We hope this information help open doors for buyers that just haven’t
found the “right” place.

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Information is subject to change as investigations continue.

Yours in Success,

The Florida Future Realty Team

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