Just did an inspection on a grow op house. The client that had just bought a 3 year old house and found out from the neighbors that it was a drug house and they were deeply concerned about the mold possibilities. So I went through it quite thoroughly, including moisture testing all walls, removing and looking in any access panels and cold/hot air registers. Turned up nothing but a couple of minor items that didn’t or wouldn’t have made me suspicious that this would have been a grow op.
We noted that thin white styrofoam had been nailed to the un-finished basement joists…probably for light reflection and some moisture barrier. The perimeter of the drywall walls had a bead of some type of silicone or caulking around the top and around the windows, which was likely what they fastened the black poly moisture barrier to and to keep the neighbors from seeing in and blocking all the lighting. People do get to wondering why such bright lights are on 23 hours of the day;-) There was also about a 10 inch hole cut through a closet floor and ceiling which had a panel covering it up. This would have been for the extra ventilation needed to keep the moisture level down. In the attic the ventilation had a large plastic bucket with screening on both ends and the bucket was full of those scented dryer sheets to mask the smell.
I told the client that even if they had a home inspection done by my wife and I, that we would not have known this was a good sized grow op house. (and we are pretty thorough and fussy)
The most ironic thing was the client was a new recrout for our local police department:shock: :shock: :shock: Now thats bizarre;-)