Illegal Drug Labs
Meth labs can be set up just about anyplace inside or out including; homes, motels, abandoned buildings, and even vehicles. The manufacture of meth, known as cooking, leaves behind chemical residues which can be harmful to health. The cooking process itself can also be dangerous.
Before someone tries to use property that housed a meth lab, complete cleanup is necessary. It is not considered safe for a property owner to do this themselves, instead the work should be performed by experienced hazardous materials contractors.
Did You Know?
- Property owners are responsible for any decontamination costs.
- Half of all residential drug labs are found on rental property.
- Decontamination costs average around $6,500 for a 1,200 square-foot home.
View a document that explains how to clean up former drug labs.
If you currently own a property, or want to buy property, there are a number of ways that you can tell if there had been an illegal drug lab on the site.
See information about the cleanup and inspection of illegal drug labs.
Find information about SOP for methamphetamine labs.
Half of all residential drug labs are found on rental property, and the property owner is responsible for the decontamination costs. The tips on the page are designed to take some of the risk out of renting.