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What if you discover your home was a former meth lab?

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Hundreds of properties in South Carolina were the site of a meth lab and majority of those locations have not been decontaminated.

In the past five years, police said they've seen a 400 percent increase in the number of meth labs in the state. However, it is what's not done after the labs are found that may be putting your health at risk.

Long after the crime scene tape comes down, experts say the chemical danger left in former meth labs sites can remain for years. But don't expect anyone to tell you your home, car or even your motel room was once the site of a drug lab.

More than 1,400 meth labs have been found by police in South Carolina since 2011.

"The backlog of the properties are contaminated and still have meth residue," said Michael Snelgrove of Hisco Environmental, a meth clean-up company. "Unfortunately, there probably are families that are residing in those houses at this time."

So what happens if you discover if your home was the site of a former meth lab? We'll have more on this story tonight at 11 p.m.

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