A very interesting Chinese drywall story aired last night on ABC’s Norfolk, Virginia affiliate (WVEC). According to the report, some local homeowners are having their prayers answered by the developer that built their homes with allegedly defective Chinese drywall.
Dragas Company was one of the only Virginia developers that admitted they had built homes using the allegedly defective Chinese import, and now they are doing something about it.
Dragas is replacing the drywall in at least 70 homes that they have been confirmed to contain Chinese drywall.
Tom Ridenhour lives in a Dragas townhome community in Greenbrier. He says the first clue he had about a problem in his home was when the air conditioner failed three years ago.
In March he learned that his new townhome and 70 other in their neighborhood were built with defective Chinese drywall. In April, his developer, Dragas Company, agreed to replace the drywall in his home.
“They stripped this house right down to the studs and the concrete floors. They replaced all of the light switches and all the receptacles and all the lighting fixtures, replaced the air conditioning ducting, the ceiling insulation, new carpet, drywall, everything,” said Ridenhour.
Ridenhour is pleased with the action taken by his developer and feels for the thousands of homeowners who have not seen the same type of response from their builders.
Dragas Company is working in phases to have all 70 of their affected homes in the neighborhood completely repaired by early 2010, a scenario that thousands of affected homeowners throughout the United States can only dream of at this point.
Dragas Company is paying for the repairs out of their own pocket and working through the legal system to obtain compensation for their expenses.
Watch the broadcast video here.