Buying real estate does not come without risk. Here is another reason to buy a new home from a new home builder. Defective Chinese drywall has been found in homes in the Tampa Bay area. Defective Chinese drywall was first imported in 2001 to the United States. By 2009, this product was temporary banned and a law was introduced to ban it as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Subtitle H (Miscellaneous Provisions), Section 1494) in July 2010. It should be noted that not all Chinese Drywall imported during this time is not defective. Defective Chinese drywall is an environmental issue that some homeowners have reported health issues like asthma attacks, chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, chronic headaches and sinus issues. It smells like rotten eggs and can get worse as the temperature rises. The Chinese drywall produces high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas and metal corrosion that turns copper piping and wiring to a black ash-like corrosion. Hydrogen sulfide is a hazardous gas which, in high concentrations, can be fatal. The following is picture taken from a home in Riverview:
In this case, an investor bought several homes within a subdivision and replaced all the drywall as well as the copper wiring/piping. It is interesting to note that all of the homes within the subdivision were affected.