What is methamphetamine?
Meth which is also known as P, is a highly addictive drug which is made illegally from a cocktail of nasty chemicals. It is known to cause serious health issues.
Which houses are most at risk?
Although most houses that test positive for the presence of meth are rental properties, some owner occupied houses also test positive.
How long does it take to get the analysis result?
The standard time to receive the analysis result is one to two working days.
What happens when the indicative test returns a positive result?
It is wise to use a separate kit, testing each area to establish which ones are contaminated and to what levels. This is usually carried out on behalf of the owner.
Who is at risk?
Not only are those who produce or smoke meth at risk of health issues but those who live in houses with unsafe levels of contamination. Small children due to their size and that they put numerous things into their mouths are likely to be more at risk.
Signs of meth contamination
Apart from missing light bulbs, smoking and lab paraphernalia there is not often any obvious sign of meth contamination. The only certain way to tell is testing.
Testing for the presence of meth (indicative test)
A lab kit, which is recognised as the most reliable way of testing is used on at least one spot in each room of the house. The sample is then sent to an independent lab for analysis. The test result will show a figure of the total amount, if any that was accumulated on the sample.
Whether an area can be cleaned by specialists or needs to have the electrical appliances, soft furnishings, wall linings and ceiling linings replaced etc. will depend on the level of contamination. The cost can be extremely high.