Meth Lab Contamination of Residential Properties

By
Home Inspector with Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection



Kelly Cox
321-751-8711
kelly.cox@pillartopost.com


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Comments (13)

Brenda & David Wakeman
Russell Realty - Strongsville, OH

The things we have to deal with in this industry.  It's scary at times.

Aug 12, 2007 02:02 AM
J Perrin Cornell
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA
Broker, ABR, VAMRES
Once a legal authority shuts it down and requires a clean up or the Health Dpt orders one the property is forever red flagged and it will show up on subsequent title reports... at least in my part of Washington.
Aug 12, 2007 02:11 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kelly - These can be very difficult to identify if the miscreants have made an effort to hide the evidence.

Aug 12, 2007 02:13 AM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
I have been in many homes where the cat urine smell was likely caused by cats.  I don't think most home inspectors would think to look for meth lab evidence.  Is this something that home inspectors are usually aware of?
Aug 12, 2007 02:25 AM
John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

In California, there is a disclosre for Meth labs - never had to use one, but we have paperwork for it.

Now Have a Blessed Day,

John Occhi, Hemet CA REALTOR®
Mission Grove Realty

Aug 12, 2007 02:28 AM
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
I'll step in here about home inspectors.  In my area, many HIs have taken, and continue to take, recognition classes for meth labs.  Sometimes the signs are subtle, but usually unmistakeable.  As a home inspector, I would be remiss if I didn't learn everything I could about the issue. 
Aug 12, 2007 02:41 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Wow, never thought of that issue coming up.  What are the lasting problems with this?
Aug 12, 2007 03:07 AM
Kelly Cox
Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection - Melbourne, FL

Tony,

You are correct.  It is very difficult for a realtor or buyer to identify a home that may have been used as a meth lab or grow house.  If you suspect that this may have occured, contact you local police department.  We, (Pillar To Post) also offer Enviromental Reports that indentify this type and many other types of enviromental issues.

Aug 12, 2007 10:55 AM
Kelly Cox
Pillar To Post® Professional Home Inspection - Melbourne, FL

Brian,

It would be very difficul for a Home Inspector to determine wherther a home has been used as a meth lab.  It would be prudent for any Realtor or Home Inpsector that suspects that a home may have been used as a meth lab to have it tested by a qualified company.  The potential health issues for a family moving in to a house that has been used as a meth lab can be very significant.

Aug 12, 2007 11:00 AM
Kenneth Miller
Jordan Hill Home Services, LLC - Berkley, MI
My Chapter is working on getting training from our State Police as to signs to look for.  The need for awareness training is beginning to be recognized, but it can be hard to find a training facility.  All HI's and RE's interested should contact their State Police or State Health Department for training guidelines specific to their local.  They may also be able who can do awareness training near you.
Aug 13, 2007 02:57 AM
Anonymous
R Forrest

Having lived in a meth-contaminated apartment for three years before we learned what was causing our health problems, I can adamantly say that this is a serious concern!  Meth byproducts can cause severe asthma if the resident has environmental allergies.  It can also lead to cellulitis especially in the legs because the residue is stirred up every time you walk on the carpet. My sister nearly died of cellulits infections that were thought to be "sugar bumps".  Doctors are not well versed in these matters either.  Prolonged exposure to the chemicals and residue left behind from meth cooking is deadly and can affect a person's heart and central nervous system severely.  Thanks for being concerned and ethical!

Dec 07, 2010 08:01 AM
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Anonymous
R Forrest

Having lived in a meth-contaminated apartment for three years before we learned what was causing our health problems, I can adamantly say that this is a serious concern!  Meth byproducts can cause severe asthma if the resident has environmental allergies.  It can also lead to cellulitis especially in the legs because the residue is stirred up every time you walk on the carpet. My sister nearly died of cellulits infections that were thought to be "sugar bumps".  Doctors are not well versed in these matters either.  Prolonged exposure to the chemicals and residue left behind from meth cooking is deadly and can affect a person's heart and central nervous system severely.  Thanks for being concerned and ethical!

Dec 07, 2010 08:02 AM
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