On Wednesday, we launched an interactive database of more than 6,900 homes whose owners say they have tainted drywall. It’s a fairly complex application with lots of features. Here’s a guide to how you can use the application to dive into the data.
1. Find information about an individual address
If you click on an address on the map, you can see the data we collected for that particular address. In most cases that data includes the homebuilder, contractor, importer, distributor and/or the manufacturer responsible for the drywall used in the home. It also includes the raw address listing as we found it in both the lawsuit and county data. Check out 1660 Rennaisance Commons in Palm Beach County, Florida »
2. View an address on street view
By dragging the streetview pegman () to a particular address street you should see a panorama of the home that is listed as having tainted drywall.
3. List CPSC reports in a particular month
Each bar in the timeline is clickable and will replace the table below the timeline with the CPSC narrative reports for that particular month. These reports range form boilerplate—“Chinese drywall used in the home”—to detailed accounts. For example:
“A 30 year old male experiencing chronic headache, itchy, watery eyes and insomnia from chinese drywall in the home. Concerned about daughter not yet 1. Had to replace evaporator and condenser coils of a/c, 3 microwave ovens and copper in fixtures blackened.”
4. Find Tainted Drywall installations near your home
If you enter your address in the search box on the homepage you’ll be taken to the associated county page, with a marker showing your address.
Correction: The "Tainted Drywall" news application originally included lists of contractors, manufacturers, distributors, importers and builders involved in lawsuits over tainted drywall. A software bug caused those lists to overstate the number of addresses associated with each company. The erroneous lists, and references to them, have been removed.
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