Vacant units emit the strongest odor. Without the buffer of furniture or life’s comings and goings, the headache-inducing scent of sulfur — similar to the smell of new carpet or car upholstery — wafts freely from the walls of the Whitney condominium.
Chinese drywall, which proved corrosive to copper and offensive to the olfactory sense, was used in nearly all but the first floor of the downtown West Palm Beach building.
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WHAT IS CHINESE DRYWALL?
Chinese drywall was imported to meet construction demands during the housing boom and following hurricanes that caused serious damage to homes in 2004 and 2005. It was found to emit corrosive sulfurous gases that carry an unpleasant odor and cause short-term health concerns. Exposure symptoms, A6
Symptoms of exposure to Chinese drywall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says exposure to Chinese drywall can cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea, fatigue and loss of appetite. People most at risk for symptoms are asthma sufferers, the elderly and children who have respiratory problems.