Another Chinese product raises concern: this time it's drywall

MANATEE, Fla. — A growing number of homeowners worry that they, too, could have foul-smelling Chinese drywall in their homes.

The building material has been linked to corrosion of mechanical and electrical systems and has raised health concerns.

State officials have compiled a list of about 30 complaints from around the state, including six at Montauk Point Crossing at Heritage Harbour and one on Skip Jack Loop in Lakewood Ranch.

John Barnott, Manatee County building director, said that anyone who suspects they have a problem with Chinese drywall should first contact their builder.

If they don’t get a satisfactory answer, then they can bring their concerns to the county building department.

Barnott said he would not hesitate to get the builder’s attention, should they be nonresponsive to their customer.

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