Before you sign the paperwork on your new home, it’s important to know about the home’s history. It could have a sordid past that could hurt your family’s health. While home meth production has declined, the residue that was left behind after cooking or smoking meth still remains in the home.
Meth or methamphetamine can be manufactured using many different recipes, and all involve using dangerous chemicals and substances. There are ingredients in meth that are extremely flammable and some substances that when mixed together create toxic gasses. This residue can cause health problems for people and pets.
During the meth manufacturing process or even when there is meth smoking going on in the home, chemical compounds become airborne through the HVAC system. This residue deposits onto walls, appliances, floors, ceilings, carpets, and furniture. Billions of dollars in property damage and health problems have been caused by the residue contamination left behind after meth is produced or smoked. The drug residue is absorbed through your skin when you come in contact with contaminated surfaces.
Meth Laws for the State of Utah
The current standard for decontamination in Utah is 1.0 µg/100cm² (read as one microgram of methamphetamine per 100 square centimeters of surface area). Properties with contamination levels that exceed this standard are required to be decontaminated until the contamination level is at or below the standard per the state of Utah Health Department.
Meth Screening Services
Meth testing can be done to determine whether or not a home was used for cooking or smoking methamphetamine. It is strongly recommended that when you buy, sell, or rent a property, you have it tested for meth contamination.
If you suspect meth contamination, contact Watch Dogs Home Inspectors. Knowledgeable inspectors will do a meth test and send the results to the lab. Once they receive the results from the lab, you will receive a report. You can then decide whether to purchase, rent, or decontaminate the property.
A Final Word of Advice
If you’re new to the area, your neighbors can be a wealth of information. If they’ve lived in the neighborhood for a while, they’ll likely have important details about the previous owners and any suspicious activities that could have taken place there.
You may also want to visit the police station. Local officers have a lot of information that can help point you in the right direction. They’ll know everything from the number of arrests to the kinds of disturbances and criminal activities that have taken place on the property. If the house has drug-related incidences, make sure meth wasn’t involved. You can also check out online sources to help you find out how safe your neighborhood is.
Purchasing a home is a life-changing investment. Having the home tested for methamphetamine residue can protect your family and your investment.