BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Recent cases of meth labs discovered in the parish have many questioning whether their home was once toxic. Those who work in the cleaning of these crime scene say it’s a good reminder to homebuyers that a simple test can help determine whether you’re safe from harm.
After a meth lab bust private companies are called in to clean up the mess. These companies say they're getting more calls to clean up houses where meth labs used to operate. And they tell us it's important you run tests on a house before you buy it.
"The most successful people, when I say people I mean the people that are manufacturing these things, aren't caught,” Selim Stambouliegh, Acadian Bayou Cleaning, said. “They're doing them in very nice areas and they're very good at cleaning up, but it doesn't necessarily get rid of the waste product."
Meth chemicals stay in the walls of homes, even after a lab is shut down. The homes can make you sick -- anything from nosebleeds to constant headaches.
The first step you should take if you’re worried your home may have been a meth lab in the past is to check with the DEQ website, which lists all properties where a meth lab was discovered. However, it doesn’t include every location, due to legal shortcomings.
“Anything with more than four units [such as hotels or apartments] is not required to be reported to DEQ,” Larry Douglas, Xtreme Cleaner, added. “There’s nothing to require notification that a meth lab was ever there. Sometimes the health department in that town will condemn the property, but there’s no consistency statewide. If there’s a meth lab in an apartment, most of the time they can peel the sticker off and never clean it.”
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