Grow Op Remediation
Cleanup of a marijuana grow operation (“grow up”) poses unique challenges. As a result of grow ops, there may be mould, chemical contamination and structural issues in the building which can create risks to the health and safety of future occupants.
Due to the increased humidity and temperature in buildings used for grow ops, various types of mould and contamination may be present, all of which can develop in a relatively short period of time. Mould growth can often be noticeable on ceilings, walls and floors. However, you may not be able to see all of it, as it can also occur within wall cavities, building insulation, attics, ceilings and ducts. Even non visible mould (spores) can still pose health risks to occupants.
When a grow op has been found in a building, a government official, mortgage lender or insurance company may require an environmental and structural assessment prior to occupancy.
Initial air quality tests and surface sampling should be done before remediation to measure the amount of mould present in the building. This will assist in determining a scope of work and setting a benchmark for successful remediation. Once a scope of work is determined, mould remediation can then take place. Remediation of a grow op can often be time-consuming and complicated. They often have a strong smell, a mixture of marijuana, vegetation and mould, which may require additional treatment to resolve any lingering odours.
Grow op remediation should always be carried out by qualified professionals equipped to assess whether the house is safe for occupancy. Only after final air quality testing has indicated that it is safe to occupy the structure, can further repair work be carried out.
Commonly seen changes to structure include:
Unsupported openings in walls
Bypassing the hydro meter
Alterations to the heating and ventilation system in order to increase temperature and hide the odour of the marijuana
The professionals at Mouldoff are fully qualified in the area of grow op remediation and can make your building safe for future occupants.