Remember, it's what you CAN'T SEE, what’s behind the walls, in the attic and in the crawl spaces that can and will eventually impact the Home/environments Air Quality.
Marijuana Grow-Op Remediation
Assure Can Return a Former Grow-Op Property to a Healthy and Legally Compliant Environment - Safely, Effectively, and Quickly
Assure Property Solutions Industrial Hygiene services offer complete assessment and remediation management for successful rehabilitation of marijuana grow-op properties.
What’s Next After an Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building?
Marijuana grow-ops are more common than you think, with many unsuspecting landlords and property managers falling victim to these illegal and potentially dangerous operations.
If a police raid on your property reveals a marijuana grow-op, you will likely receive an Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building that describes the conditions you’ll need to meet before you can resolve your case. The electrical supply to the building will also most likely have been disconnected.
To restore your property to a healthy and legally compliant state, you must provide the municipality with an environmental assessment stating that the building is:
fit for occupancy,
free from biological and chemical hazards
The ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) will also require this information to turn the power back on.
What’s Included in the Environmental Assessment?
A physical assessment of the property to determine:
Extent of fungal (usually mould) contamination and its source(s)
Any indoor pesticide contamination and its source(s)
Extent of water and indoor moisture damage
A remediation plan to mitigate the above
A verification report that re-evaluates the environmental conditions, post remediation
Who Can Perform the Environmental Assessment?
Unfortunately there are currently no detailed requirements on who can undertake an environmental assessment or the necessary cleanup. This results in wide variation in quality of both the assessment and cleanup.
The ESA however requires that a Certified Industrial Hygienist (American Board of Industrial Hygiene) or a Registered Occupational Hygienist (Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygiene), or a Professional Engineer with a M.Sc. in Occupational Hygiene to sign off on the project prior to turning the power back on.
Assure works with Certified Industrial Hygienists, with many years of experience and the most up-to-date training. Our Certified Industrial Hygienists are actively involved in the grow-op remediation process ensuring the quality of the assessment work.
Assure Property Solutions Inc. understands the cost implications for landlords associated with the discovery of a marijuana grow operation. Landlords are concerned both for the costs of consulting and cleanup but also the future saleability of the property, and the loss of rental income. In order to address the concerns Assure Property Solutions Inc. offers the following solutions:
Assure will provide an estimate detailing the possible environmental problems through analysis and discovery, a detailed remediation plan, (what is required) and the associated cost(s). This way you understand up front what the full cost of consulting will be without surprises.
Assure works to attain the most competitive pricing from qualified and experienced contractors. Assure will make sure that the work is undertaken in a timely and professional manner.
What is a Remediated Grow Op
What Steps does a Assure Assessment Include?
Our comprehensive assessment includes:
History/review of the property from the current owner
Thorough inspection of the property
Sampling and laboratory analysis of moulds and asbestos as necessary in our in-house AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP accredited lab, one of the five AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP accredited labs in Canada and the USA.
Full written report, including findings, photos, conclusions and recommendations
Remediation plan if necessary, including management of mould abatement contracting with our established, qualified contractors
Post-remediation assessment and air testing to document that the cleanup work has been completed effectively.
Completion of the necessary ESA sign off documentation.
What are the Dangers Presented by a Grow-Op Property?
If not remediated safely and effectively, former marijuana grow-op properties can be highly dangerous to the health and safety of occupants, and even neighbours. Some of the more common risks include:
Airborne contaminants from improper changes made to furnace venting or from chemicals.
Health effects and allergies caused by moulds and fungi
Increased probability of fire from overloaded electrical systems, illegal wiring and extreme heat generated by high intensity lighting
Potential for electrocution from illegal electrical bypasses
Possible structural damage caused by grower’s improper renovations
Tips for Landlord and Property Managers
Screen prospective tenants and check their references thoroughly
Record and check identification details
Landlords should introduce themselves to the neighbours and let them know that their property is a rental unit
Provide neighbours with your telephone number and ask them to report suspicious behaviour to you immediately
Advise tenants verbally and in the lease that you check your property regularly, with proper notice
Don’t accept cash or post dated cheques for rent payments, personally pick up the rent cheque each month
Make it a requirement of the lease that tenants have full insurance
Enquire as to which tenant will be registering for hydro and telephone charges
Be on location when the tenants move in and reinforce any special conditions of the lease at this time
Be a conscientious landlord – Grow House Operators will not risk losing their crop and equipment if they know the landlord checks the property regularly