Property Meth Testing
We would always hear people give tips when it comes to home relocation or buying a new home. They would give out specific instructions like checking the electricity, plumbing, construction, and the different aspects of the house. However, it is very rare for people to hear about property meth testing. In Australia, there is a growing number of rental houses that were previously methamphetamine laboratories, drug houses, or where the previous owner (or tenant) was a user of the illegal drug. Though the percentage of actual meth users in rental or for-sale homes is small, homeowners should not take the risk with this drug issue.
Methamphetamine (also known as meth, crystal, or ice) can leave a residue that can last for some time in the property. You may not want to skip this step, as property meth testing can ensure that your family is living in a safe and healthy environment. Property meth testing refers to the process of testing the house for traces of the meth drug by checking the surfaces (including walls, carpets, ceilings) and other aspects of the house such as ventilation (especially those with pre-installed air conditioning unit), wiring, and plumbing.
Here are some reasons why property meth testing should be done before moving into a new home:
1. It could be mandated by the law.
According to Australian standards, contaminated areas of a drug house should be removed until amounts reach 0.5 micrograms per 100 sq cm of the contaminated surface, so inspect the new home before moving in. There might not be a tight law against this depending on the state you are in, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
2. Protecting your family’s health.
Illegal drugs are known to have effects that can affect the central nervous system. Especially with meth, as it is a highly addictive narcotic in a white and odorless powder form. Inhaling the residue on the manufacturing of meth is known to be poisonous and poses dangerous health risks. If you have ever watched the TV series Breaking Bad, the lead character wears a yellow jumpsuit and proper face mask to avoid inhalation of the chemicals.
Effects may not be realized at first, but people living in a house that has traces of meth can experience these (but not limited to) insomnia, severe respiratory issues, nausea, and loss of appetite. Aside from the inhalation, skin absorption may cause skin rashes.
3. Cleanliness of the house.
Who would not want to live in a clean and comfortable house? Property meth testing ensures that the house is safe for family members who will live in it, including the pets. Signs that your new house or rental property has been previously inhabited by meth users or manufacturers are stained or yellowed walls, paint discoloration, unusual rust formation in uncommon places like stair railings or windows, and a strong and unpleasant bitter or pungent smell.
It is truly scary to live in a house that has been previously a meth lab. Property meth testing will help you identify places and locations in the house that may need cleaning or modification. Contact Dunrite Decon today, so that we can do it for you and live in a drug-free house today!