No matter how safe Walter White may have made the cooking of meth look on Breaking Bad, the real life process is dangerous and potentially deadly, even to those not directly involved.
“Chemicals such as acetone, phosphine, hydrochloric acid, lye, sulfuric acid and ammonia are all released into the home during the cooking process,” said Jeremy Shelton, a Certified Microbial Consultant who routinely tests homes across America’s Southeast for exposure. “The chemicals used are extremely dangerous and can cause serious respiratory problems, cancer, and in some cases death.”
Unfortunately, state regulations vary when it comes to the requirements of disclosing the history of former meth houses, as well as the clean up of such homes, so those buying or renting in a residence formerly used as a meth lab might never know about its past.
“I’ve dealt with everything from the unsuspecting homeowner who has unexplained respiratory issues and migraines, to apartment complexes who have had a meth lab in a single unit where we test that unit and the surrounding units,” Shelton said.
But now there is a way for potential renters and buyers to glean some insight into the pasts of their current, or potential residences.
The founders of DiedinHouse.com, which provides reports to homeowners and renters who want to know if someone has died in their home, has now added a new report that allows renters and homeowners to find out if their home was formerly reported as a site for cooking meth.
“It’s important for buyers or renters to know what they are moving into,” said Roy Condrey, founder of DiedinHouse.com.
Consumers can visit the site, input their address and pay $11.99 to get a report that includes details of a death or meth activity having occurred in the home.
It’s still early and Condrey says he has less than 50,000 reports of former meth homes across the US, however, he expects the numbers to continue to grow due to the meth epidemic sweeping the country. From the data reported thus far, Condrey said the top number of reported meth homes are in the following states.
The company is also providing a new service for renters and buyers who might want to get a bargain on a formerly “stigmatized” home.
“We can now provide a list of stigmatized addresses to buyers an renters who are looking for a bargain and claim to not care if the property is stigmatized,” Condrey said.
When it comes to renting or buying a home that was formerly used as a meth lab, rather than calling Saul, Shelton recommends checking with your local health department for clean up protocol as well as the EPA to see if procedures were followed correctly.
Calling in a professional to assess the damage is also a good idea.
Worried your residence may have a ‘Breaking Bad’ past? DiedinHouse provided HotPads with a list of some former meth home addresses throughout the US, so we’ve taken the liberty of mapping these ‘Breaking Pads’ for your viewing pleasure.
For a detailed report, visit diedinhouse.com and check out your own address or neighborhood.