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7 things to spot when looking for in a house that has a grow-op

Water leaks on the ceiling Causing damage, the ceiling tiles and cement.

Rental properties continue to be a popular method for a family to bring in a second income, and yet these properties are not without their risks. Damage to the property is possible as well as incidental costs that can add up are a regular occurrence. But, the worst possible scenario for a homeowner is dealing with a marijuana grow-op in the property. With this in mind, here are 7 things to look for in your property if you suspect a marijuana grow-op.

–    Ductwork

If you have never noticed ductwork before, now is the time to take a look up. Ductwork that is irregular and seemingly does not make sense in its current state could be a big hint that something is up with the property.

–    Circular holes in joists or ceiling

While looking up for the ductwork, make sure to check for patched circular holes. These holes will be where ductwork or ventilation would have been utilised for a grow-op on the property.

–    Changes to the exterior of the home

When taking your initial walk around the property, is there new siding, or new brickwork that has been completed without talking to you? Outside access is always necessary when growing plants inside, and the side of the house is normally the fastest way out for grow-ops.

–    Bald spots on the roof during winter

If you are lucky enough to live somewhere with an actual Winter, looking judgingly at your Vancouver, bald spots on the roof during the summer will be a huge red flag. Ventilation will either go through the roof or the side of the house, both of which will melt snow in a distinct pattern.

–    Modified wiring

Seasoned electricians will not make a mess of an electrical panel, and when hastily setting up a grow-op people do not care about the tidiness of their work. Look for bare wires, and a jerry-rigged electrical

–    Toxic Moulds in the basement or interior walls

Growing a plant indoors creates a humid environment, and with that comes mould. Look on the inside of windows, ventilation systems and of course the roof. Mould can be deadly and will be needed to be taken care of by professionals.

–    New plumbing in the basement

If you are the homeowner, you know your plumbing system, and if something seems off, it probably is. Make sure to look for water supply lines as well as drainage coming in and out of the room.

If you have spotted any of the above issues, especially toxic mould, you need to contact Urban Environmental immediately. We are the proven solution for those facing hazardous material removal issues in the Greater Vancouver area. If you have any questions about grow-ops or any other issues you may be facing contact us today.