US Restoration Responds to HUD and CPSC Chinese Drywall Repair Guidance on Florida’s Treasure Coast

Vero Beach, FL, April 04, 2010 --( US Restoration, the Vero Beach based remediation and repair firm, welcomed today's joint announcement by the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPS).

The joint announcement today offered official remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid their homes of defective Chinese drywall, thousands of whom live on Florida's Treasure Coast.

The joint action recommended that homeowners remove all possible problem drywall from their homes, and replace electrical components and wiring, gas service piping, fire suppression sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, according to the joint press release.

“Removing the problem drywall is the best solution currently available to homeowners,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

“The guidance and remediation protocols released today will give a good solid direction to homeowners in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Brevard counties affected by defective Chinese drywall,” said Jim McAlhany of US Restoration Company, a Treasure Coast firm that developed many of these same protocols last year and has been using them in various capacities as a consultant or contractor for over 600 homes in the area. “This announcement from the government will put a lot of homeowners at ease in that they can now feel comfortable that the only way to fix the problem is the removal and replacement of the drywall.”

That doesn’t mean that there still won’t be companies around that prey on people who might be unaware of today’s announcement, according to McAlhany.

The situation equates to the period after the hurricanes when the influx of “certified mold remediation” companies moved to town, he said. Treasure Coast residents overpaid thousands and thousands of dollars for inspections and treatments. The hurricanes occurred in 2004, and new legislation regulating the industry won’t take effect until July of 2010, six years after the storms.

“One of the biggest issues subsequent to the hurricanes was mold and its effect on drywall” McAlhany said. “Overnight, all kinds of firms appeared that would inspect and remediate the problem, generally for a very high price. This same cottage industry is now appearing as the defective drywall issue comes to a head.”

“The various “treatments” that have appeared on the market may have problems of their own, and there are a lot of scams going around right now that may very well wind up costing the unaware homeowner money that will have to be spent again down the road,” McAlhany added.

McAlhany has been involved with defective Chinese drywall in over 600 homes in Florida as a consultant/remediation contractor since the problem first arose. He discovered Chinese drywall in 2005 and has documented the drywall since then. Affiliated companies include McAlhany Construction Company, Inc., Florida Home Inspection and Environmental Services, and My Safe Florida Home of The Treasure Coast. McAlhany Construction Company is a state licensed general contractor.

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Dennis Hill