Meth Testing: An Essential Step Before Buying a House

Meth LabBuying your first home is an exciting prospect. You’ll want to check on several areas: the size, the condition, and the location. You’ll also need to check for damp, insect infestation, and other potential problems that may add to the cost of your investment or give you leverage to negotiate.

One aspect you may overlook is contamination.

A Key Inspection Before a Big Purchase

When you think of methamphetamine, you think of meth labs. You’re not likely to associate the activity to homes. But people can set up meth labs in homes. In fact, the drug is “cooked” in Utah homes. Although the government reports that meth labs have moved out of residential homes, there is still concern over the hazards of a home that was a former meth lab.

Contamination occurs when meth smoke develops a film on any surface it touches, including carpets, walls, and furniture. It can soak into skin so trace amounts may contaminate other individuals who then enter the house. Babies are at particular risk because they crawl on the floor.

If the home was a meth lab, the dangers will exist years after production of the drug. Testing for meth contamination should save you and your family from harm.

Health Risks Associated with Meth Exposure

Meth exposure can cause a variety of health problems. These include migraines, skin irritations and burns, and difficulty breathing. It may even cause cancer.

Meth production uses a variety of toxic chemicals. Authorities recognize the dangers of former meth labs that they treat each location as hazardous waste site.

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Only a reliable service can determine the levels of meth in a property you’re looking to buy. Meth labs have moved across the border, but many homes may still contain residue of the drug. For your peace of mind, test the property before committing to a sale.