Call it crystal, crank, or ice, you don't want to live in a house where methamphetamine was cooked up.

Many Americans, however, unwittingly purchase homes or rent apartments contaminated with the drug's poisonous residue.

How to avoid buying a meth house

A home that’s contaminated because of methamphetamine production or use may show few visible signs of the risks it poses. And if that weren’t bad enough, there’s a lot of bad guidance floating around about how to spot one.

Exposure to even small amounts of these poisons can damage humans’ nervous systems, liver and blood production mechanisms. Small children suffer most. Exposure can trigger birth defects and developmental problems in babies in the womb. 

If you accidentally buy a meth house, your health isn’t the only thing at stake. You could get stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in costs for testing and hazardous-materials cleanup.

The cost of finding out later

A home is one of the largest investments you will ever make, and should appreciate in value over time. The cost of clean up on a home contaminated with methamphetamine can range from $4,000 to well over $60,000 depending on the scope of remediation.

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