CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Finally, some relief for victims of Chinese drywall.
A New Jersey couple with a rental home in Cape Coral will be among the first in southwest Florida to have their home fixed.
The restoration will be done by the drywall manufacturer, Knauf plasterboard. Knauf will participate in a pilot program to repair 300 homes nationwide.
Homeowner Scott Barry points to a sink faucet in his house and says, "This is from Chinese drywall it will eat up all the finishes any kind of metals."
When the Barrys' first heard their rental home had been built with Chinese drywall, they didn't know what to think.
"I've never seen anything like this before and I've been in construction for 32 years in New Jersey."
He got a crash course when the house began to show unpleasant symptoms.
Barry says, "It's a sick house. The house is actually eating itself away. It has a cancer, it's eating all the metals away, the wiring, I'm sure the metal studs are eating themselves away."
Today, Knauf plasterboard announced it would start repairing homes next week.
"It means they're going to fix the homes, get them to back to where they should have been originally, take out all the drywall, not just the defective drywall, replace all the wiring, and replace everything that needs to be replaced."
That includes appliances.
Attorney April Goodwin with the Parker Waichman Alonso Firm says homeowners will also receive eight dollars and fifty cents a square foot from Knauf to cover any additional expenses such as moving costs, temporary housing, or, as with the Barrys' lost wages.
Scott Barry says, "Look forward to getting the paperwork, being able to read it, sign it, and get these guys in here to start working."
The Barrys' attorney believes thousands of homeowners across the country might not even know their homes are affected with faulty drywall.
They ask anyone who suspects their home to be affected by Chinese drywall to go to their website at www.yourlawyer.com.