“Drywall products from imported from China and contaminated with sulfur compounds which corrode metal building components and emit the aroma of rotten eggs have been found in new homes built in at least 13 states”, resulting in “… corrosion of electrical wiring, hollow metal building components, and permeation of wood studding leaving the rotten egg smell” even after removal of the problem drywall”, according to construction law expert James G. McConnell. A list of affected states and more information can be found on his website at http://chicagoconstructionlaw.blogspot.com/2009/03/chinese-drywall-problems-proliferate.html
And if you happen to live in Florida and run into this problem, you may find yourself restricted in your ability to sue your builder over it or any other construction defect because of proposed new legislation http://chicagoconstructionlaw.blogspot.com/2009/03/florida-legislation-would-restrict.html. Which is particularly ironic, considering that the new home of Florida’s own new Lieutenant Governor is affected with the Chinese drywall problem.
No, this isn’t the sexiest of interior design news, but it’s enough of a problem that at least 60,000 homes have been affected. If you think yours is one of them, you might want to consider talking to a lawyer who specializes in construction defects, especially if you can’t get your builder to take care of the problem and you can’t get rid of the smell.