Features of our Inspections:
  • "Specially Trained" Chinese Drywall Inspectors  BUYER BEWARE: InterNACHI turns down more than half the inspectors who want to join because they can't fulfill the membership requirements!
  • BUYER BEWARE: We "DO NOT" offer Chinese Drywall Repairs of any kind nor are we tied in with any Chinese Drywall repair companies, we focus only on Inspections! This means that you "NEVER" have to wonder if we are telling you that you have a Chinese Drywall problem in order to get the EXPENSIVE job of repairing your House. We represent you "Exclusively" in order to protect your best interests!
  • "Extensive" & Very Thorough Chinese Drywall Inspections Performed.
  • "State of the Art" Chinese Drywall Inspection Reports
Contact us at (772)410-9000 to find out how we can help you.

Other Inspection Services we provide include:
Home Inspections, 4 Point Inspections, Home Warranty Inspections, Property Condition Inspections, Home Insurance Inspections & Citizen’s Insurance (RCF) Roof Certification Inspections

  • My Promise to You!

    Choosing the right Home Inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet me until after you hire me. Furthermore, different Inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and yes, different pricing. One thing for sure is that a Home Inspection requires work, a lot of work. Ultimately a thorough Inspection depends heavily on the individual Inspectors’ own effort. If you honor me by permitting me to Inspect your Home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort. This I promise you.

    John Pacella- Inspector/Owner “Welcome Home”
    Home Inspection Services Company

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Chinese Drywall Inspections

Chinese Drywall, also called Odorous Gypsum Wallboard or Sheetrock, is an emerging issue in South Florida. The material, which has been identified in new & remodeled homes in Florida, and other states, has been determined to emit chemicals that cause characteristic sulfide odors. There are also reports of health effects associated with this material.

Amidst a wave of Chinese import scares, ranging from toxic toys to tainted pet food, reports of Contaminated Drywall from China have been popping up across the American Southeast. Chinese companies use unrefined “fly ash,” a coal residue found in smokestacks in coal fired power plants in their manufacturing process. Fly ash contains strontium sulfide, a toxic substance commonly found in fireworks. In hot and wet environments, this substance can off gas into hydrogen sulfide, carbon disulfide, and carbonyl sulfide and contaminate a home’s air supply.

The bulk of these incidents have been reported in Florida and other southern states, likely due to the high levels of heat and humidity in these regions. Most of the affected homes were built during the housing boom between 2004 and 2007, especially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when domestic building materials were in short supply. An estimated 250,000 tons of Drywall were imported from China during that time period because it was cheap and plentiful. This material was used in the construction of approximately 100,000 homes in the United States, and many believe this has lead to serious health and property damage.

Although not believed to be life- threatening, exposure to high levels of airborne hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds from Contaminated Drywall can result in the following physical ailments:

  • sore throat;
  • sinus irritation;
  • coughing;
  • wheezing;
  • headache;
  • dry or burning eyes; and/or 
  • Respiratory infections.

Due to this problem’s recent nature, there are currently no government or industry standards for Inspecting Contaminated Drywall in homes. Professionals who have handled Contaminated Drywall in the past may know how to inspect for sulfur compounds but there are no agencies that offer certification in this form of Chinese Drywall Inspection. Homeowners should “BEWARE” of Con Artists attempting to make quick money off of this widespread scare by claiming to be Licensed or Certified Drywall Inspectors. The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations has confirmed that individuals performing Chinese Drywall Inspections DO NOT have to be licensed.  Unfortunately, this allows many inexperienced individuals into the field of Chinese Drywall Inspections.  As the leading provider of Chinese Drywall Inspections in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee counties, we caution consumers to verify that an individual is experienced and qualified to perform a Chinese Drywall Inspection.  All of our Inspectors undergo training from InterNACHI in Chinese Drywall Inspection protocol.  You can rest assured that you are receiving an accurate Chinese Drywall Inspection from “Welcome Home” – Chinese Drywall Inspectors.

  • The house has a strong sulfur smell reminiscent of rotten eggs.
  • Exposed copper wiring appears dark and corroded. Silver jewelry and silverware can become similarly corroded and discolored after several months of exposure.
  • A manufacturer’s label on the back of the Drywall can be used to link it with manufacturers that are known to have used contaminated materials. One way to look for this is to enter the attic and remove some of the insulation. 
  • Drywall samples can be sent to a lab to be tested for dangerous levels of sulfur. This is the best testing method but also the most expensive.

Contaminated Chinese Drywall "cannot be repaired". Affected homeowners are being forced to either suffer bad health and failing appliances due to wire corrosion or replace the Drywall entirely, a procedure which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This contamination further reduces home values in a real estate environment already plagued by crisis. Some insurance companies are refusing to pay for Drywall replacement and many of their clients are facing financial ruin. Class-action lawsuits have been filed against homebuilders, suppliers, and importers of Contaminated Chinese Drywall. Some large manufacturers named in these lawsuits are Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, Knauf Gips, and Taishan Gypsum.

The Florida Department of Health recently tested Drywall from three Chinese manufacturers and a domestic sample and published their findings. They found “a distinct difference in Drywall that was manufactured in the United States and those that were manufactured in China.” The Chinese samples contained traces of strontium sulfide and emitted a sulfur odor when exposed to moisture and intense heat, while the American sample did not. The U.S. Consumer Safety Commission is currently performing similar tests. Other tests performed by Lennar, a builder that used Chinese Drywall in 80 Florida homes, and Knauf Plasterboard, a manufacturer of the Drywall, came to different conclusions than the Florida Department of Health. Both found safe levels of sulfur compounds in the samples that they tested. There is currently no scientific proof that Chinese Drywall is responsible for the allegations against it.  

Regardless of its source, contamination of some sort is damaging property and health in the southern U.S. The media, who have publicized the issue, almost unanimously report that the blame lies with imported Chinese Drywall that contains corrosive sulfur compounds originating from ash produced by Chinese coal fired power plants. Homes affected by this contamination can suffer serious damage to the metal parts of appliances and piping and lead, potentially leading to considerable health issues. While no governing body has issued regulations regarding Contaminated Drywall, it is advisable that home inspectors be aware of the danger it poses and learn how to identify it.