CAPE CORAL, Fla. - WINK News spoke with a Cape Coral resident who has been affected by the Chinese drywall disaster. We're learning that homes constructed as early as 2001 may be affected with tainted drywall.
John Dearborn's house located on Northwest 44Th Avenue was built in 2001 and every room in his house has drywall imported from China. Up until now, most cases involving toxic drywall involved homes that were built in 2005 and 2006.
"We didn't associate it with our home at all, however, reading an article it came up," said Dearborn.
WINK News went on line and found a growing number of homes across the state that were turning up toxic drywall years before the outbreak.
"We got it. Its been confirmed by two independent tests," he said.
There are signs of tainted drywall in every single room of Dearborn's house. A collection of silver spoons near his kitchen show signs of corrosion as does a copper hinge in his dining room. Tiles across the house sound hollow near walls which Dearborn attributes to toxic fumes eating away the glue.
The couple also tells us they had to replace more than $15,000 in appliances since moving into the house.
Insurance adjustor's have repeatedly denied their claims.
The Dearborns say it would cost them more than a $150,000 to have all their drywall replaced.