Thinking of buying a home?
Often times there may not be red flags or any signs of meth contamination, that is why having the home tested is the most effective way to identify if it is contaminated from meth use or cooking.
Frequently asked questions about meth by home buyers and real estate agents:
Wouldn’t I smell if there was meth in the home?
Wouldn’t the walls be stained?
While staining may be visible where cooking has taken place, the consumption of meth does not leave stains or discoloration in the home. In some cases there is no staining even if a meth labs was present.
What are signs that a home may be a meth house?
Painted over or blacked out windows. Graffiti in a particular room or the garage. Extra security measures on doors, such as exterior doorknobs, padlocks or other extreme measures to keep people out of a particular room or section of the home.
Aren’t meth properties typically found in lower income areas?
While it is more commonly found in these areas and in rental units, there have been multi-million dollar homes that have tested positive for meth contamination.
What are potential health risks from living in a home that is contaminated from meth residue?
Health risks can range from skin irritation, allergy type symptoms, and excessive and unexplained nose bleeds to behavioral and neurological disorders in children. There are also known carcinogens in meth that can cause cancer to those exposed.
Can meth be effectively cleaned once it is in a home?
Yes. An experienced contractor with a proven track record will be able to decontaminate the home and make it safe for residency.
Does the drywall in the home need to be removed?
Only in extreme cases does drywall need to be removed. An experienced contractor will be able to tell if the home has low enough levels of meth and will know how effectively decontaminate a property.
Can’t you just paint the walls with a primer or sealer and be ok?
No! While this temporarily encapsulates the contamination, in time the residue will bleed through all paints and primers. Painting is not only unsafe, but it is not allowed in Utah as a form on decontamination.
What is the role of the health department in the meth clean-up process?
Health departments should always be notified of ALL decontamination activities prior to the start of any clean-up. They will monitor the cleaning method and clearance process to determine if the property has been adequately cleaned.
Can a property owner decontaminate their own property?
You should contact your local health department for decontamination guidelines but it is recommended that you hire a licensed meth clean-up contractor for best results.
Have a home that is already contaminated with meth? All is not lost.
If you recently found out that your home is contaminated with meth, whether from the use of meth or meth cooking, Crime Scene Cleaners can help. We will effectively clean and decontaminate your home and make it safe once again for residency.
Contact Crime Scene Cleaners today for a simple meth test on your home or for the clean-up of a meth-contaminated property. With the proper cleaning and disposal, you property can become habitable once more.