What a House Looks Like on MethThere are some crazy deals happening in the housing market, people! Between low interest rates, foreclosures, and a crappy economy, it's a great time to buy a house.
Of course, some funny things happen on the way to the signing. Take a Pennsylvania couple, for example, who purchased their dream home only to discover they had trouble breathing when they cuddled up in their four-bedroom house in the Philadelphia suburbs.
After chatting with the neighbors Jenn Friberg and Rob Quibley discovered their 108-year-old home filled with charm had also been a meth house. Imagine that.
Most states don't have any laws on the books about methamphetamine inspection before you close, nor do most people know if a serial killer lived in your house and bodies are buried in the backyard.
But hey, when you get a deal on your dream home, sometimes you've just got to get to work, and get rid of the bodies.
First have law enforcement get rid of the nasty chemicals that can make up methamphetamines. Hopefully they've done that, but you never know. Have them remove any other bottles, jars, or any containers that look suspicious. You don't want to touch that. Second, open up windows and doors and air the place out. I hope you're wearing protective clothing at this point. If not, suit up.
Anything that has come into contact with any chemicals must be double-bagged and thrown out. This includes curtains, sheets, clothing, and carpets. Clean out all air filters, and replace. Have duct work thoroughly cleaned, and clean around the areas of any vents whether it's on the ceiling or walls.
Clean all surfaces with regular household cleaners, then paint to give yourself an extra barrier. Of course, if you've tested off the charts a paint job isn't going to help you. That means the walls have to come down -- at this point, perhaps you call someone and beg for money to buy a new house. If not, carry on and check the plumbing. If there's a chemical smell coming from the plumbing, have a professional clean the septic system. If not, you're in luck.
Finally, allow the house to completely air out for three to five days. Check again for any odors, and have it professionally tested to make sure you are contaminate free.
Congratulations, you cleaned up a meth house!
Blood & Bodies
As with the meth, have the law enforcement officials come in first to remove any bodies. Oftentimes, police labs offer you a phone number for crime scene clean-up. But this job will fall to you -- the homeowner, even if it means calling in the pros. Which, after reading the list of supplies you'll need to clean up after a bloody suicide or murder, I highly suggest you do.
Additionally, blood and bodily fluids are considered bio-hazards and you must have a license to transport and dispose of bio-hazards. But let's say you're considering getting started before the licensed team waltzes into your home.
As with meth clean-up, protective clothing is crucial. You can contract infectious diseases from blood clean-up so you do not want to touch it, or have it splatter on you. It's also tricky. If you see a small circle of blood on the carpet, you may think you can just clean the carpet. However, according to HowStuffWorks, "if there's a thumbnail-size bloodstain on the carpet, there's a good chance that there's a 2-foot-diameter bloodstain on the floorboards underneath it."
Get to scrubbing the walls, floors, and anywhere else splatter has happened. Dispose of rags, mops, and fluids properly.
Did you know that asbestos has not been banned in the United States? Yeah, me neither. But try as they might, the EPA has been fighting an uphill battle since 1970, ultimately shut down by the Fifth Circuit and a fighting mad asbestos industry. So if you find it in your home and you don't mind getting cancer, leave it alone -- it's legal! But if you don't like the idea of a toxic living environment, get to cleaning.
Fibers and dust are the culprits if your building was built with asbestos. They can come out of the walls due to age, construction, or a natural disaster. If your house tests positive for asbestos, a big dusting awaits.
Just like the rest of these massive home improvements, protective clothing is a must before you get out the dust rags.
First wipe down walls and surfaces with wet cloths so the dust won't spread. Wipe down all of your hard surfaces with regular cleaning supplies. Then get out the vacuum and repeatedly clean your rugs, carpets, and cloth furnishings. Be sure you dispose of all of the cloths in a sealed bag, as well as any vacuum bags, and anything you clean the vacuum cleaner with as well.
Test again and hope for the best.
What's the worst thing you've had to clean up in your house?
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