The possibility of meth contamination is an unfortunate reality when you’re in the market for a new house in New Zealand. Sadly, methamphetamine use is on the rise and when you come into contact with surfaces that contain meth, the toxins that result from manufacturing this drug can be absorbed through the skin.
While you shouldn’t let this scare you off buying a house in Tauranga, Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty, it is good to know the facts about methamphetamine and house inspections.
Meth Contamination – The Facts
The chemicals from methamphetamine settle on walls and ceilings, floors and carpets, appliances and other household items. And contamination isn’t limited to meth labs – even a single use can contaminate a home. Time alone will not get rid of the chemicals that meth leaves behind – they have to be removed manually.
Though there are red flags – a vinegary smell, lab equipment, dust masks and rubber gloves – only a professional house inspector can confirm if traces of meth are present.
Should I Get a House Meth Tested?
It’s up to you whether or not you want to go ahead with a house inspection and meth test, but here are some reasons why you might want to consider it:
Peace of Mind – if the worry about whether your new home or rental property is contaminated is weighing on your mind, it’s a good idea to get a house inspector in to give you some answers.
Rental Properties – meth tests and meth monitoring can be useful when you have a rental property. Make sure you have a clause in your rental property agreement about the repercussions if you get a positive result. Often, if tenants know that landlords are regularly testing, this is enough of a deterrent to keep the drug away from your premises.
Suspicion – if you have any reason to believe that a house might test positive for meth – whether it’s a house you own or one you want to buy – get it tested.
My House Tested Positive – Now What?
Meth contamination can be hazardous for people living in a house, so if you already own the house look into getting the contamination cleaned up by professionals. The level of contamination is relevant, which is why our house inspection services will tell you what level of meth has been detected.
If a house you have fallen in love with tests positive, it can be crushing. You might either be turned off buying, or you might want to use the positive test as a bargaining chip to get the house for a lower price, then undertake the process of a professional clean up yourself.
Book in a Meth Building Inspection
If you want to test a property in Tauranga, Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty, Straight Up Inspections offers comprehensive meth tests you can trust. Give us a call at 021 204 2630 to talk to a building inspector about meth testing a home today.