I have volunteered in a substance abuse clinic for well over 3 years now. During this time I have seen an increase in the use of meth. The sad thing is that I work at a clinic located in the suburbs. the fact is that meth labs are no longer restricted to the rural areas of America but have now infiltrated suburbia. Worse, most people operating these suburban meth labs are renters.
Meth is a caustic chemical that can ruin your investment. These labs utilize corrosive and flammable elements that at some phases produce the same gas used in concentration camps and are made worse by the fact that labs are commonly concealed in a closed off room or a basement. A pilot light on a gas water heater can ignite the entire property. In fact, 25%-30% of all labs exposed in the U.S. are detected as a result of fire or explosion. If your property has had a meth lab operating in it or people using it on a regular basis within that property, you might have to deal with more than you want too. Meth is toxic and can cause all kinds of ailments for those exposed to it.
After a lab has been shut down, the property is still contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Local health departments may get involved and thoroughly evaluate the property for hazards before permitting it to be re-inhabited, particularly by children. Long and short term health effects from these chemicals can include liver and kidney damage, neurological problems and increased cancer risk.
There are companies that specialize in meth lab clean up who can even provide a certificate of decontamination after cleanup, but the decontamination cost alone averages $10,000-$15,000 for a 1200-square-foot home. Prevention is cheaper and easier than repair and cleanup.
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