marijuanaNow, more than ever, Denver landlords and new homeowners are being faced with problems with marijuana grow houses. If you own property where a previous tenant or owner has been growing marijuana inside the home, you may be wondering what in the world you’ve gotten yourself into. What’s it going to take to restore your property? Before you start to panic, take a deep breath and realize that restoration IS doable as long as you fully understand the problems at hand and take the necessary steps to remedy them. This guide will provide you with the information you need to do so.

The Anatomy of a Marijuana Grow House

The first step to understanding the problems and complications associated with a marijuana grow house is in understanding what a grow house actually is. Typically, single-family homes are used as grow houses. Growers like to tend to their “crop” indoors, as it provides a more secure environment, and because there are annoying restrictions for growing marijuana outdoors. A grow house will feature special growing lights and water lines that have been tapped for irrigation purposes. Planters and marijuana plants will be situated throughout the entire home, as the purpose of the space will be 100% dedicated to growing “pot.”

The Problems with Marijuana Grow Houses

Optimistic homeowners may believe that after growers pack up and leave the premises, the home will be returned to its normal state. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The majority of problems associated with marijuana grow houses have to do with the fact that agricultural plants aren’t meant to be grown within enclosed residential spaces. In other instances, the growers may simply not be concerned with the fact that they are destroying a home. After the growing is completed, owners may have issues with:

  • Mold and Mildew
  • Water Damage (Especially in Floors, Subfloors, Joists, and Studs)
  • Unsafe Electrical Wiring
  • Re-Routed Water Lines
  • Large Amounts of Abandoned Debris

Restoring a Marijuana Grow House

If you believe that your home was used as a grow house, we highly recommend that you hire a professional to evaluate the damages to the property. This will give you the best idea of where you will need to make repairs and will help you to set a reasonable timeline and budget for completing the restoration. Electricians and plumbers may need to visit the property in order to re-route water lines and plumbing or to repair any dangerous electrical wiring and circuitry. Typically, though, your biggest problem will be with moisture.

Moisture issues from water leaks from hydroponic lines and excessive humidity can cause rot and damages to flooring, and can also lead to the growth of toxic mold. It’s very rare that a grow house will not have excessive mold growth throughout the premises, and this level of mold can generally not be dealt with on your own. The safest and most effective way to get rid of the mold is to call a professional for mold abatement. This will ensure that all mold spores are removed, preventing future growths and health risks. If any standing water is present in the home from burst or leaking pipes, you will also need to seek out the help of a professional for the safe and efficient removal of water, followed by expert flood damage repairs.

At first glance, dealing with a former marijuana grow house can seem extremely overwhelming. While there are many things that need to be considered, working with a professional will help save you a lot of time and hassle. Abbotts Fire & Flood offers affordable and reliable services that will help restore your property quickly so that you can start living your life to the fullest. Give us a call for a quote today.