What specifically is causing the drywall or gypsum board, corrosive and caustic out-gassing vapors ???
My firm has been asking this question, every-time someone or somebody starts talking about their knowledge level, expertise, educational background, or who and why my clients should trust what they recommend, promote, sell, or endorse.
Victim's of this major construction crisis, with no warning of the magnitude, cost, health issues, and risk associated with the purchase of their DREAM HOME, that became a NIGHT-MARE or FINANCIAL DISASTER, for those affected or infected with Tainted Corrosive Drywall.
Consumers have been summarily thrown to the wolves and left to fend for themselves, with little or no specifics, CERTIFIED abatement, treatment, or testing guidance issued from the EPA, CPSC, Federal and State Health Departments, Builders, Developers, Installers, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Lenders, and others.
Victimized Consumers who turned to the US Court System for justice, are finding out rapidly, the Judgments issued by the Courts are worthless or hollow victories until perfected or collected, and they are starting to further understand, after five (5) years, it maybe decades, based on appeals, legal issues and maneuvers, before any money or relief actually appears, if at all.
Treatment and Testing for Chinese or Tainted Corrosive Drywall sounds simple and easy until Consumers or victims start asking specific questions, requesting and requiring details concerning so called insurances or guarantees ...
Now ... WHO ... should the Consumer trust to avoid being victimized again ???
Think about it ???
All the Government agencies have provided are "interim guidelines" or "life safety guidelines" concerning the ABATEMENT, TREATMENT, TESTING AND POST TREATMENT TESTING PROCESS.
Guidelines that on the surface, sound or look complete, but actually raise more questions than answers, when reviewed, initiated, and actually looked at closely by trained professionals.
Abatement sounds good ... but who will Insure, Guarantee, and Certify ???
Insurance Professionals and Policy Experts have reviewed numerous documents and find most DO NOT provide actual coverage for a claim related too or caused from Tainted Corrosive Drywall or a faulty abatement, not to mention, they lack specific details required to file or collect on a claim ???
Just take the first issue ... ABATEMENT ???
What needs to be abated ???
Who determines abatement protocol ???
How do you perform the abatement ???
Who is qualified to perform the abatement ???
Who is qualified to determine the level of abatement ???
How do you confirm the abatement was successful ???
Who guarantees or insurers abatement after completion or clearance testing ???
What licensees are required for the abatement, treatment, and certified clearance tests ???
Who pays for the abatement ???
Who pays for a failing abatement re-test ???
How is a failing abatement defined and by who ???
Just a few simple and legitimate Consumer Questions ...
I think you are starting to understand the problems and questions I'm discussing, that Consumers need answers or specific guidance on, prior to starting or signing a corrective abatement, treatment process, and contract or paying for anything.
Consumers need to do their homework and understand, ONE SIZE FITS ALL, corrective repairs, corrective protocols, and numerous other abatement and treatment options, will not COST EFFECTIVELY solve your specific Tainted Corrosive Drywall issues and in numerous cases, some protocols or systems FAIL to solve the issue, long-term, and these failures are not covered by the Policy or Warranty as issued.
Anybody or Group, promoting "Defective Drywall" certifications or classes has NO credibility ... simply stated ... the mere fact they are using the term "DEFECTIVE" confirms their lack of knowledge and expertise ...
ASTM C 1396/ C 1396M is the International Standard for manufacturing drywall or gypsum boards ...
Materials and Manufacture ... Section 4.1 states ...
"GYPSUM BOARD SHALL CONSIST OF A NONCOMBUSTIBLE CORE, ESSENTIALLY GYPSUM, SURFACED WITH PAPER BONDED TO THE CORE."
Clearly the Chinese drywall or Tainted Corrosive drywall or gypsum board meets this standard, "ESSENTIALLY GYPSUM" and continues to-date to still meet this standard ... all drywall, sheet-rock, or gypsum board is composed of or with ... "ESSENTIALLY GYPSUM".
Clearly this is why the CPSC, EPA, CDC, HUD or any other agency has NOT issued a NATION WIDE RE-CALL on the "DEFECTIVE" product.
Again, simply stated, the product is not ... DEFECTIVE ...
YES ... Tainted and Corrosive ... but ... NOT DEFECTIVE.
Before making an abatement or treatment decision, please have a licensed Insurance Professional and an Attorney review the Policy or Warranty that claims to covers your abatement and treatment.
Please feel free to call or e-mail my office.
Michael Foreman is not only available, reachable, and knowledgeable, but also empowers and educates consumers, by simply taking the time to explain, in plain English, the facts.
Foreman and Associates, Inc. is a FULL SERVICE, Forensic Construction Consulting Firm, involved with Tainted Corrosive Drywall since August 2008, Consumer Advocates for over ten (10) years, not associated with any specific law firm, and fully independent.
Our views and statements, are factual, confirmed and validated.
We welcome corrective facts, when they have been validated and confirmed as accurate and truthful.
October 6th, 2011
Foreman and Associates, Inc.
"Forensic Construction Consultants"
Sarasota, Florida 34239
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Foreman and Associates, knowledge and expertise concerning Tainted Corrosive Drywall (TCDW) or Chinese Drywall (CDW) leads the Industry with:
First 100% Accurate NDE Diagnostic Protocol (January 2009)
First Environmental Insurance backed abatement and treatment Protocol
First to publish and share NDE Analysis Protocol (January 2010)
First to promote and endorse SNiPER® Treatment System
First to acknowledge and endorse personal property SNiPER® Treatment System
First Cost Effective abatement Protocol requiring ALL electrical wiring / fixtures, HVAC equipment / duct work, drywall, cabinets, interior doors / hardware, carpet and pad, plumbing fixtures, removal and replacement or SNiPER® Treatment of specific components.
Our firms Treatment Protocol for Tainted Corrosive Drywall or Chinese Drywall has been documented as 100% successful.
Our SNiPER® Treatment affords Clients a CDW / TCDW Specific Insurance Policy, covering any future out-gassing or environmental issues