More reports of Chinese drywall in Arizona

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PHOENIX - When news that thousands of homes in the U.S. may have been built with tainted, Chinese drywall, it was devastating for homeowners in the southeast.

Homes had to be ripped apart to remove the imported drywall, which is believed to cause health problems.

Not only that, the Chinese dry wall emits a strong sulfer smell and reportedly eats away your home from the inside out.

Mike Lauby is a home inspector here in the Valley and is familiar with Chinese drywall.

“Most of it went to the South area but some of it was shipped to the West coast and trucked that way. As it was, it hit some places in between,” Mike said.

So far, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's received about 3,400 reports of Chinese drywall in 37 states.

Five complaints had been filed in Arizona in September 2009 when 3 On Your Side's first report aired.

While the majority of cases are out of Florida, new documents obtained by 3 On Your Side show nine complaints have now been reported right here in Arizona, including Lake Havasu City, homes in Tucson, Queen Creek and this home in Peoria are also reported to have Chinese drywall.

A person who worked at the University of Phoenix workout gym also filed a complaint with the C.P.S.C.

According to the report, since its construction, ‘there have been numerous complaints about chest pain and trouble breathing,’ health problems that may be attributed to Chinese drywall.

A University of Phoenix spokesperson tells 3 On Your Side that after the complaint was filed, an indoor quality test was performed, but test results indicated nothing out of the ordinary.

That brings us back to Mike, the home inspector.

He tells 3 On Your Side that homeowners frequently contact him to determine if their house has Chinese drywall.

“I get several calls every month and a few inspections every month and have for about the last six months,” he said.

Mike says if homeowners wonder if they have the drywall, a dead giveaway is the trademark on the back of your drywall that reads, simply enough, “Made in China.”

You can usually get a good look at the back of drywall from the inside of your attic.

Also, copper usually found under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, behind your toilets, and inside electrical boxes, and on air conditioning and refrigerator coils will typically tarnish and blacken because of Chinese drywall.

“You want to look at places where there's a higher moisture content cause it's gonna manifest itself better there,” Mike said.