Was That Home Once a Meth Lab?

By Max Resnik

March 22, 2011 Updated Mar 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, guided by legislation that passed in 2007, cleans up homes contaminated by meth labs and keeps a database of all homes once affected by contamination so possible homebuyers don’t suffer any health issues.

Certified inspectors must go into these homes to determine the possible contamination areas. Areas become contaminated when droplets produced by the meth labs touch anything in the home. Contamination can also occur when fumes are released inside the home.

Porous materials such as furniture, drapery and carpeting must be ripped out and disposed. Hard surfaces such as flooring, ceilings and walls are washed with a special chemical concoction to kill any contamination. Once completely decontaminated, inspectors must go back through the problem areas they discovered to ensure all contamination has been erased.

Potential homebuyers should contact the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health at 449-7459 with any questions concerning the history of their home.

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