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BUCKHANNON -

Meth labs discovered in West Virginia homes are reported in the news just about every day.

So what happens after that?

And could the home you're moving into once been home to a meth lab?

"Within 48 hours we have to notify the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health that a Meth lab was located, there has to be a form that needs filled out in detail," said Cpl Rodney Rolenson, of Upshur County Sheriff's Department.

The state then inspects to see if that home can be lived in or must be torn down.

"They will either place a little sticker on the house condemning it as a Meth lab site or saying its OK, and clear it to be inhabited again," Rolenson said.

Sometimes that process can be an expensive cleanup, and usually the property owner pays for it or ignores it.

"Just to have it tested can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 dollars just to have the place tested to see if there's a possibility to have it clean up. Clean up can cost anywhere from $5,000 and up to $100,000," Rolenson said.

Authorities said a home should be checked out before its too late.

"There's a residue a toxic residue that are left in the walls in the carpet. If you have small children and you purchase the home or rent the home after a Meth lab has been there, they might suffer burns breathing problems, could get into their system and make them very sick."

The state maintains an online list of homes that have housed meth labs.

If you suspect a potential area or see anything suspicious regarding Meth contact your law enforcement.