The National Association for Home Builders (NAHB) recently made available a new resource for builders, remodelers and homeowners on detection and remediation of problem drywall.

As many know, problem drywall refers to imported Chinese drywall that posed a corrosion hazard to electrical wiring in a home’s walls and gave off a foul, sulfurous odor throughout the home.

We at Renovate with Tommy Mac have followed the issue since it first reared its head a couple of years ago. Since then we’ve followed the emerging field of Problem Drywall Detection and Problem Drywall Remediation as well as the steps some lenders took to assist homeowners afflicted with Chinese Drywall.

This latest development reflects over a year of research, testing and analysis by the “Chinese Drywall Task Force,” an NAHB-backed group of elite, renegade analysts rounded up from the labs across the world. Okay, the renegade part is untrue, but it gave a nice Hollywood ring to the project.

The culmination of the Task Force’s work is this downloadable document: “Imported Problem Drywall: Identification Strategies and Remediation Guidelines.” Use the information wisely. It could save your home’s wiring.

Unfortunately for some, the remediation steps may very well be quite extensive. If your home was built between 2001 and 2008 and is found to contain problematic drywall throughout the home, total remediation is the “only viable option.” Sounds extreme. That’s because it is.

If you have suspicions that your home may contain the Chinese Drywall, take a look at the document and start with the identification process. It could save some headaches down the road.

Credit: NAHB