Addiction to drugs such as methamphetamine is increasing day by day. Abusers use their homes for cooking meth or for smoking purposes. With the increase in the use of meth drug, homeowners and buyers are more concerned about the hazardous chemicals and their health risks.
It is always advisable to test the house for any traces of meth and its precursors before buying or renting any house.
If it is clear that the property is not used as a place for drug abuse there is no need to go for a meth contamination testing. If it is known prior to accessing a house that there might be a chance of traces of meth, the home air should be tested for the sake of family’s health and peace of mind.
Why Meth is so Dangerous?
It is not the drug meth that is dangerous. It is the precursors of the drug that are less volatile and stays in the surroundings for a longer period of time. These are not removed from the property easily and are volatile too. The ingredients that are used to cook meth are gasoline, bleach and pseudoephedrine. These chemicals are easily accessible from the stores.
What Should You Do If You Suspect Meth Contamination in Your House?
Meth testing is the best method to get it verified whether your property is meth contaminated or not. You can go for a general air quality test known as Home Air Check that checks the level of the ingredients of meth inside the property. This test does not check for meth residues. Another test is the Wipe testing Kit method that actually tests the residual meth present in the house such as counter tops, light fixtures, etc.
How Often a Meth Testing Required in a House?
The property should always be tested for meth contamination before buying, selling or renting it. In 2010, the Ministry of health, New Zealand released guidelines to assess the risks associated with meth contamination. According to the guideline, the acceptable level post remediation of a property is less than 0.5 micrograms per 100 square meters.
It is advisable to go for a residual meth testing or wet wipes testing before buying, selling or renting any property. If traces of meth residues and its precursors are found then meth clean-up can should be done by verified professionals. Anything below the permissible range of meth residues in that particular locality or state or country should be considered as safe. A certificate of meth testing should also be obtained from the authorities.
If no residues of meth and its ingredients are found in the test, there is no need for other tests until and unless there are any symptoms of bad health in the residents of that property found even after meth clean up testing.
Thus, it is very important to know the level of meth contamination in the property and to what extent the drug and the ingredients caused to the property. Even if the property has been certified as meth clean by one test, it does not 100% indicate it to be drug free. Some tests only include the meth residue cleaning while the real culprits are the precursors of the drug that are lethal to humans.