Fla. Firm Fielding Drywall Complaints Finds Problem Material in Office
Posted Apr 23, 2009 2:51 PM CST
By Molly McDonough
A South Florida law firm that's been handling complaints from homeowners about Chinese-made drywall has reportedly found that its own office walls are covered in the stinky materials.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the firm, Toral Garcia & Franz, is the first office building in the area to complain publicly about the product.
Homeowners, particularly in the south, have been filing increasing complaints about the drywall. Residents complain that the material emits foul-smelling sulfuric odors that are corrosive and lead to respiratory problems.
The Toral firm said the problem was discovered when firm managers realized their office building and staff had many of the same complaints as clients were having.
''We had to change the air conditioning coils in our unit three times in two years. One of the people in the office kept complaining of respiratory problems,'' Frank Toral is quoted saying.
Toral, whose firm owns the building, told the paper that the firm is working on a remediation plan and is looking for alternate office space for itself an three tenants until the problem can be fixed.