I think what I wrote is pretty clear. I did not state that the drywall was in fact made in China, I simply stated that the manufacturer was unidentified and that there is some known issues with drywall manufactured in China during this era of construction. How could I possibly be sued for that?
I informed my client and left it up to them to either do some further investigation, walk from the purchase and or move forward with it. Ultimately, it is up to them as they have been informed. Everyone has a different comfort level. It is not my choice to overlook or not inform unless there is facts/evidence. The fact is the drywall is unknown manufacturer and the building was consturcted in an era where some chinese drywall was available. Granted, there is no other implications to provide evidence of chinese drywall but is that 100%? Do we really know what the implications are in every house and or when they will develop, if they do? There is always variables involved. That is why they had a home inspection…
As far as being an alarmist, I was joking… My obligation is with the house and I only state the facts. We are in the information business and obviously the average person is lacking our knowledge. I believe my clients are informed when I complete my job and that is what I take pride in.
Published estimates said as much as 929,000 square meters of Chinese drywall arrived in Canada through Vancouver between 2001 and 2007. In addition to lower British Columbia, some Chinese drywall may have been shipped to Canada’s Prairie Provinces and as far east as Toronto.
Yes, I do this for every house that was constructed in the Chinese drywall era when I cannot identify the drywall source. Follow up the paper trail is all I am saying to my clients. An hours work or so to identify a manufacturer is not that unreasonable nor is it justified for any damages or suffering to the vendor. My clients are paying for my professional opinion and my opinion is clearly proven by facts including chinese drywall being delivered to the port of vancouver in this era.
Furthermore, I verbally explained to my client that the chances of it being chinese drywall are low but it doesnt hurt to do some further investigation by having the vendor, builder, distributor pulling some files.
If I was purchasing this house, If my Mother was buying this house, I would want a home inspector to let us know everything he/she knows. That is the way I conduct my service.
Is it any different then saying vermiculite might have asbestos? or older radiant ceiling heating panels might be recalled even though I cannot find the manufacturer? Maybe, we should just overlook that and hope the house doesnt burn down…
I respect and understand what you are saying and sure you are conducting a calculated risk process. I always risk the side that is in the best interest of my clients…
I appreciate the opinions and feedback of my peers, that is why i started this thread. It makes us all better in the end