New article on meth labs

Ever inspect a home saturated with battery acid, bleach and drain cleaner? How about methanol, which can kill you in one gulp? Meth labs require an assortment of extremely toxic chemicals and they produce waste that is just as bad. Meth dealers, unfortunately, are often not the more careful or tidy people and they may not clean up chemicals that spill onto carpet or walls. “Cookers”, as they are called, will dump chemical waste down the drain, in the yard, or just leave it sitting in jars and then abandon the property. Future tenants may not even know that their house was ever used as a meth lab, even while they breathe in toxic chemicals or their children touch it as they crawl on the floor. Inspectors should know how to identify former meth labs so their clients know of the dangers they pose. For more information, check out our new article on meth labs.

New article on marijuana grow operations

In Canada, the number of indoor grow ops is so serious that in some areas, law enforcement has given up pursuing all but the greatest offenders. The roughly 50,000 grow ops in that country bring in billions of dollars annually. Why should you care? Well, marijuana is grown in homes, and inspectors inspect homes, so it’s not that unusual to encounter evidence of a former grow operation. Grow ops can cause building damage and it’s important to know where that damage came from. Water damage and mold often comes from roof leaks, but they can also be caused by grow ops. Dangerous electrical connections are often used to illegally tap power lines and divert huge amounts of current to lights. To find out more, check out our new article on marijuana grow operations.