This is a great start to formalizing a consistent visual inspection for defective drywall. If anyone has clients who ask for sample analysis, I wanted to let you all know that my company, Certified Chinese Drywall Testing, LLC is offering sample analysis.
Each sample is analyzed using XRF and FTIR analysis. The CPSC has identified the use of these two technologies in tandem to be a reliable method for identifying defective drywall. XRF utilizes X-ray technology to analyze each sample for strontium and FTIR utilizes infrared light to measure calcium carbonate. These two independent markers are indicative of Chinese drywall.
This analysis is similar to the options offered by AssuredBio and other lab facilities. Because we test only drywall, whereas many labs use the equipment for the testing of many different materials, Certified Chinese Drywall Testing, LLC is able to offer the testing at a drastically reduced rate. In addition, the analysis of drywall samples does not necessitate a lab facility. Because Certified Chinese Drywall Testing, LLC does not utilize the equipment for any measurements that would require a laboratory, the overhead costs associated with maintaining such a facility are eliminated.
Better yet, we only need a 1/4 diameter sample. This sample can be taken from behind switch plates/outlet plates in many homes to conceal the sampled area. Obviously, I would still obtain permission prior to sampling a home that is for sale, but this is another great way to expand on the service you are already offering.
As a result, Certified Chinese Drywall Testing, LLC is able to offer analysis of a sample of drywall on both FTIR and XRF for less than ½ the cost of our competitors. The fees below are exclusive to NACHI members.
The analysis fees are*:
1-5 samples: $100 each compare to $329 each
6-10 samples: $90 each compare to $279 each
11-16 samples: $80 each compare to $279 each
16+ samples: $70 each compare to $279 each
Typical turnaround time for analysis results is 7-10 days and rush processing is available.
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