Your Home's History and Your Health
How old is your house? Do you know?
Lead paint was banned for household use in 1978, but as we have written about before, is still a big problem in communities with older homes and apartments, since it has not been removed properly, often just painted over. New rules are now in place about informing buyers and tenants about any building built before 1978 possibly harboring a lead hazard and landlords and contractors are being fined for not communicating the information they are required to by law. Read more...
Asbestos materials were commonly used in building through the 1980's and although the Environmental Protection Agency attempted to implement the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule in 1989, it was subsequently overturned. Asbestos can still be found in floor tile, pipe insulation and other materials. Read more...
But another potential problem with a home's history came to light this week: Meth Labs.
23 states--including California--have rules which require a home's history as a drug lab to be disclosed to buyers and tenants, but many drug labs are never discovered before foreclosure proceedings are completed. Estimates of the number of meth-contaminated homes in the US go as high as 2.5 million but only 1 in ten meth labs are busted and get reported as contaminated before they are sold.
Why is a former Meth Lab dangerous?
The chemical residues from a meth lab can cause many health problems, including: breathing problems, headaches, nosebleeds and mouth sores. Prolonged exposure can even lead to death, according to this article.
What can I do about Meth Lab residue?
Former meth labs can be decontaminated. At Alliance Environmental Group, we offer a full range of services for the management of bio, toxic and hazardous materials, including heat treatment for the quick and efficient off-gassing of chemical residue from a former meth lab.
If you discover that your home is a former meth lab, you can do something about it. In California, call Alliance for help with:
- Help with chemical analysis and identification
- Toxic, biological and hazardous storage or consolidation
- Assistance with required paperwork