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CPSC Updates Remediation Guidance for Homeowners and Concludes Studies Associated with Problem Drywall.

Release Date: September 26, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released updated remediation guidance for homeowners with problem drywall. The guidance calls for the replacement of all problem drywall; smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms; electrical distribution components, including receptacles, switches, and circuit breakers but not necessarily wiring; and fusible-type fire sprinkler heads. The updated guidance is based on studies completed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The update of the remediation guidance, along with previously-issued identification guidance should enable homeowners to comprehensively remediate homes containing problem drywall with potentially lower costs as compared to following the previous remediation guidance. The studies performed at NIST on smoke alarms, fire sprinkler heads, or gas service piping found corrosion associated with problem drywall was not substantial, as defined by the Consumer Product Safety Act.

CPSC staff believes that the studies showed differences in sensitivities measured, and coupled with the limitations of the study and an abundance of caution; they recommend replacement or testing of safety equipment to still be part of any remediation of problem drywall homes. Study findings include:

As the federal investigation into problem drywall concludes, CPSC staff believes that the extensive research and testing successfully defined the scope of the problem drywall issue, produced identification and remediation protocols, and provided homeowners with all the assistance possible within the agency’s jurisdiction and appropriated funds authority.

Additional findings from the investigation are available at www.DrywallResponse.gov

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