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    I've been asked to do an inspection on a house which has been used as a meth lab.

    NOTE: I'm NOT being asked to comment on whether or not is was a lab. I don't need info on identifying a lab, nor legal considerations, warnings of booby traps, etc.

    I would like to know what, apart from air quality, can be afffected? Where should I look for problems (corrosion affecting metal in the heating system, for example?)? Could some damage be hidden but predictable due the the house's former use?

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    I personally would not enter a former meth lab unless:

    1) Your state has science-based standards for decontamination, and

    2) A qualified person had determined they had been met.

    See for example:

    Meth-labs

    Michael Thomas
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    I agree with Michael. I wouldnt do it unless it got a clean bill of health from an environmental professional. Meth mouth looks horrible and would make it hard to sell yourself to potential clients.


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    If you know that it was a meth lab, don't go in it. You could be not only jeopardizes your health but your own family also.

    Not worth the extra money.

    rick


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    Peter,

    Given that it was a known meth lab, you can tell your client everything thing they *need to know* by phone:

    1) Do not buy that house as it is, not without some scientifically based decontamination and certification. (As Michael stated.)

    2) Buy that house *at your own risk*, *I* want no part of helping you buy it.

    Heck, I would not even charge them for that advice.

    Jerry Peck, Construction / Litigation Consultant
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    Thanks All,

    I've been doing A LOT of reading in the meanwhile and I have come to the same conclusion. Too much that could be wrong but which a home inspector can't determine - with serious health risks, and substantial costs to remediate.


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    Heck, I don't know that I would even want the land under the house.

    Jim Luttrall
    www.MrInspector.net
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    Jim,

    You may not want it, but if they hold out long enough they can probably sell it to Starbucks.


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    Rick,

    Starbucks is closing over 600 stores ... now there will be a longer walk between stores ...

    Jerry Peck, Construction / Litigation Consultant
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