We are now handling several homeowner claims in Baldwin County Alabama concerning defective Chinese Drywall. Recurring damage to Heating & Air Conditioning units is a good indicator that your home may have Chinese Drywall. The drywall "off gasses" sulfur dioxide and slowly deteriorates certain metals, including the copper found in your A/C system. Generally, the drywall was introduced into the market around 2004-2006. Therefore, if you have continuous A/C problems--and your home, condominium, or building was built on or after 2004, your sheetrock may be from China. If that's the case, give us a call and we'll review your options with you.
Our firm is now handling a number of these claims on behalf of homeowners. See the below article by Steve Alexander from WKRG Channel 5 for more information:
"Imagine living in a home that makes you sick and causes your air conditioning to go out.
That's what several dozen people in Prichard say is happening to them, and they want help.
45 people are filing lawsuits over Chinese drywall in their homes in the Bessemer subdivision of Prichard.
Jerome Leland is one of those filing suit.
He said copper wiring in his house has turned black.
Leland's attorney, Gregory Vaughan, claims the drywall used in Leland's home and other homes is putting out harmful gases.
Vaughan said, "The drywall is off gassing sulphur into these homes, causing damage to a number of electrical systems."
Leland said he's had his his air conditioning system repaired many times, but it keeps breaking.
And that's not all.
Leland said, "My computer, my TV, my washer and dryer, my fire alarm system, all that stuff has been damaged. I had a question mark about a lot of things that were going on in my house, as far as the kids' nosebleeds, my upper respiratory problems."
Leland and Vaughan are suing the Prichard Housing Authority, The Mitchell Company, which built the houses, and suppliers.
Vaughan said, "We'd like to bring the parties together and see if we can't work it out."
Leland said, "I'm just really hoping that they'll do something about this as quick as possible because this is ridiculous."
Aside from this lawsuit, the Prichard Housing Authority is suing The Mitchell Company, and The Mitchell Company is suing Chinese and German suppliers."
If you believe that you have a claim for construction defects to your home or business it is very important to preserve the evidence. Also, you should place the contractor and/or other construction professional(s) on notice and give them an opportunity to inspect prior to making repairs. However, emergency repairs are generally permissible. Failure to follow this process may allow your adversary to assert the defense of spoliation of evidence--basically, the defense of "the evidence has been intentionally destroyed."
If you believe you have a claim for defective construction in Mobile, Alabama, contact a lawyer to assist you with the notice/inspection process.