Georgia doesn't require property owners to clean former drug dens or disclose the contamination to potential buyers or renters, even though many of the chemicals used in meth labs are highly toxic. Because remediation costs can range from $5,000 to $150,000, experts say many Georgia homes go untreated.
"Every once in a blue moon we'll get a call for it," said Brandon Ridley, president of Southern Bio-Recovery in Marietta.
Anyone could move into a contaminated home without knowing. While the federal government has a registry of former meth houses, it is outdated and incomplete, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.