Call for Action: Realtor cleans house that once tested positive for meth

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A local realtor reached out to our 11 Call for Action team to take us behind the scenes of a house he is fixing up that once tested positive for meth. We are getting a look at the extensive work that goes into a home to make it safe for families to live in.

The cleaning crew carries a roll of carpet out of the home that once tested positive for meth.

"I thought this was unique that a meth home was found in a Briargate community like this," said Jeremy Porto of Jeremy Porto Real Estate. "If you look around it's a beautiful neighborhood, there's great neighbors, it's well-kept and surprisingly this is a meth house."

Jeremy Porto bought the house near Research and Powers in Colorado Springs knowing it once tested positive for meth.

"If a seller knows that a home is affected by meth, they are required by state statute to disclose that," Porto told 11 Call for Action Reporter Katie Pelton.

11 Call for Action obtained a meth assessment that shows the home was deemed "not compliant" in May of 2017, according to state regulations. Porto bought it anyway, with plans to clean it up, bring it up to code, and sell it again. He invited us along behind the scenes as cleaning crews, dressed in protective gear, ripped out the carpet.

"If the material is porous and it can absorb the meth, they'll remove it completely. An example of that can be carpet. The other thing is if it's a hard surface, say a wood floor or a hard countertop, they can clean that," said Porto.

We were not allowed to go inside the home while it's being cleaned. Workers told us it will take several days until it's cleaned out. After that, they will test the house again.

"Once the cleaners are done cleaning the house, they’ll bring in third-party testers. They're also industrial hygienists who are certified by the state. They come and take several samples, they send it off to a lab and that lab will tell them whether it's below the acceptable limit for the state of Colorado," said Porto.

Cleaning a home can be costly. "Twenty to 30 to 40 thousand dollars and that's just for the remediation of the meth," said Porto. Then he completely rebuilds the home in order to sell it. It takes a few months.

He told us he has flipped a couple others like this. "This isn't the worst. Unfortunately, the worst I saw had a lot of artwork on the inside. There was evidence of needles," said Porto.

11 Call for Action asked the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment about meth houses. Officials told us a seller is required to disclose if a house tested positive for meth. But once it's cleaned to state standards, they don't necessarily have to say anything. "When I sell the houses, I give full disclosure. Even though I don't have to, I give meth reports that show that it’s cleared of the meth," Porto added.

Once this one sells, Porto says, it's on to the next one.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has a list of homes that have been the site of meth labs. Click here for more information.

You can also search the state's website to find some of the environmental records on your home. Click here for more information.

Click here to for more information about Jeremy Porto Real Estate.