Homeowner Removes Chinese Drywall

By Al Pefley   email

Boynton Beach, FL (WFLX)

A homeowner near Boynton Beach isn't waiting for the government to act.

He's removing Chinese drywall from his home on his own dime.

It's believed the tainted drywall causes corrosion of copper pipes and wires, and also is the cause of all kinds of health problems.

At this house in the Cobblestone Creek neighborhood, it almost looked like it was snowing Wednesday morning.  What looks like snow is actually workers knocking down the ceiling, and bits of insulation falling all over the floor.

This six-bedroom house, built in 2007, contains imported Chinese drywall.

And the homeowner, Brian Eisenberg,  moved his family out in May and has hired workers at his own expense to remove all the tainted drywall. "We're spending a lot of money without any aid from the government or any other agency to do this," Eisenberg said.

Besides the drywall, they're also getting rid of the ceilings, carpeting and kitchen cabinets. Gutting the whole house because of concerns that vapors and gases emitted by the Chinese drywall have been absorbed throughout the house, and it may not simply be enough just to get rid of the tainted Chinese drywall.

Eisenberg feels the federal government should pay for the removal. "In this economy, let's not ship billions of dollars to Iraq and Afghanistan and all those other countries. Let's focus on helping our people here at home, our citizens who pay their taxes," Eisenberg said.

To further complicate matters, the federal government hasn't given homeowners any guidelines about what they need to remove in order to make the home safe.  So Eisenberg is going above and beyond what may be necessary to ensure the safety of his family when they move back in.

"Because the government is dragging its feet in setting protocol, we have to basically take it above and beyond what we think the government is going to expect for remediation," Eisenberg said.

Eisenberg says once the Chinese drywall is removed, they will have the house thoroughly tested to make sure the vapors from the drywall have been eliminated.   With any luck, he and his wife and their  little two-and-a-half year old girl hope to move back into the house by May. In the meantime, they're living in a rented home a few miles away in another gated neighborhood.  Eisenberg says  he could wait to see if FEMA dollars will be available for drywall removal, but that could take years if it happens at all.