Are marijuana grow-ops buildings safe?

The proliferation of marijuana grow operations in Alberta, specifically in Calgary, has exploded recently. With it, of course, have been the number of grow operations busted by local authorities. Beyond the obvious illegality of the situation, such grow operations are doing damage to buildings all over Calgary.

Of course once a grow operation has been rooted out, the building remains, and Calgary buyers have been snapping them up at a discounted price, due to their history. But are these building safe? That’s where marijuana grow-ops remediation can help.

Fungicides, insecticides, solvents and other chemicals that have been used in a grow operation require professional cleaning. Some new owners have gone in to the building and attempted to clean it themselves, only to find months down the road that problems still exist. That’s because chemicals can be absorbed into drywall, carpeting, wood, subfloors and even basement concrete floors, existing there for a long time unless properly dealt with.  

Mold can be another health hazard inherited when a new owner takes possession. The presence of mold, even if you cannot see it, causes health problems such as eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and phlegm build-up, wheezing and shortness of breath. It can also exacerbate allergies. The only way to reclaim a building in Calgary after it has housed an operation is marijuana grow-op remediation.

What at one time was just a good idea is also becoming the legal standard in Calgary. The newly formed Safety Response Team is revisiting properties that have been reclaimed after illegal grow operations were busted. If the building were not properly remediated the first time, property owners will have a chance to get in compliance or face legal action themselves, up to and including demolition of the property if it is found to be structurally unsound.

If you have a home in need of marijuana grow-ops remediation, contact our team at MoldPro, Inc. From home inspection to full remediation, we’re the ones to contact in Alberta.

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