While California had decriminalized marijuana to a significant degree, especially when compared to many other states, the problem of illegal grow houses remains. Grow operations continue to flourish in an attempt to get around legal regulations. Even as illegal grow houses are shut down, more are coming along to replace them all the time. The situation presents a burden and strain on law enforcement resources.

At the same time, the housing crisis in California refuses to subside. That’s why the city of Sacramento devised a creative solution to both of these problems: Illegal pot growers can choose to donate former grow homes to Habitat for Humanity, rather than paying the hefty administrative penalties associated with getting caught running their operations. And then Habitat for Humanity cleans and restores the property, turning it back into a liveable family home. A family in need of affordable housing can then purchase the home with a 30-year mortgage at a 0 percent fixed interest rate.

What a creative solution to two of California’s pressing problems! And although this small program is still in its infancy within the city of Sacramento, perhaps the idea will flourish and spread to other parts of the state. Would you like to see a similar solution in our area?

But of course, cleaning out and restoring a former grow house is no small matter. Illegal grow operations require a high degree of moisture within the building, and that means moisture damage, mold spores, and structural problems in some cases. It’s not just a matter of removing the plants and repainting a few walls. Professional restoration services are essential to not only repairing all of the damage within the home, but also to making it safe for people to live there. Mold is a serious health risk, and must be addressed properly.

If you’re considering a renovation of a marijuana grow house, make sure to be thorough in your approach. Contact us about our restoration services, and we can help you understand what to expect from this process.