CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A family forced out of their home because of chinese drywall is taking on a very big task to get rid of the toxic material. The consumer product safety commission says the best way is to completely gut the house. It's a big job and very expensive.
"We've removed all the drywall, we've removed all the ductwork that was in the ceiling, we've removed all the HVAC equipment, all the cabinets, all the plumbing," said homeowner Rich Tullo
Tullo and his wife are a few steps closer now to moving back into their Cape Coral home. They found out in December 2009 that the house they built on their own, had chinese drywall.
"It's not an easy task," said Tullo
For the last few months, they've lived in an RV on their property. They took some home video of the various stages of demolition. Even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission's remediation guide only came out in April, the Tullo's committed early. They wouldn't say exactly how much it has cost them because of pending lawsuits, but they did say it was like building a brand new house.
"Right now, we're waiting for Judge Fallon out in Louisiana, there are hearings going on with chinese drywall manufacturers, we're waiting to hear what those results are," said Tullo.
Meanwhile, the work continues. They've also had their home chemically treated.
"What we're doing is getting rid of the particulate matter, the residue and the residual gasses that seem to linger once the sheetrock has been removed," said Jason Roach with Abissocleanse in Fort Myers.
"It's really an emotional roller coaster ride and its...not an easy thing, I wouldn't wish it on anybody."
"The Tullo's say they could move back into their home in as little as 90 days, but as far as when they'll be compensated for the work that's been done, that's still up in the air.