Police are looking for a Scarborough couple after a raid netted a cache of nearly 2,000 marijuana plants in a grow operation earlier this month. The townhouse, part of a complex in Scarborough near Midland and Ellesmere Avenues, featured a modified electrical system the authorities are calling a serious fire hazard. The value of the marijuana grow operation is estimated at nearly $1.9 million. The two suspects are being sought on criminal charges.
More than the Utilities
As in this case, the emphasis is often put on things like electrical systems modifications, because of inherent danger and also the diversion of the utility as a criminal act. However, mold is often a lingering and persistent problem in former grow houses long after the utility issues have been sorted out – including toxic black mold infestation.
A “Grow Op” for Mold
Marijuana cultivation requires both heat and humidity, creating tropical conditions indoors and the problems associated with them, including rampant mold growth. Mold can grow anywhere there is moisture, but it particularly loves heat and humidity.
Other health risks include:
- Poisonous gas and chemicals
- Biological contaminants
- Poor indoor air quality
- Formation of damaging mold and fungus
- Mould and mildew from intense condensation
- Greater chance of fires occurring
Grow ops are often found in upscale communities simply because of the set up: larger properties spaced farther apart. Neighbours may not see each other very often even under normal circumstances and preserving a quiet exterior is considered desirable. It allows a grow op to hide in plain sight.
How Can You Know?
If your home – or prospective home – was used as a grow op and was discovered by police, there will be a public record of it. However, even police know that for every one they catch, many more go undiscovered.It won’t be something that’s immediately apparent to the naked eye.
Before buying your home, or if you suspect it has been used as a ‘drug house’, consider hiring a professional indoor environmental assessment & testing company to do a mold, yeast, bacteria – and other toxic substances – inspection. These contaminates are often associated with grow ops and meth labs and are health risks.
As Indoor Environmental Assessment & Testing Specialists, you should know that it is ‘home buyer beware’, and that testing for former Marijuana Grow-Op activity has never been more important.
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