Methamphetamine Testing & Screening in Properties & Vehicles
Methamphetamine testing & screening for properties and vehicles are available in Central West, Orange, Molong, Bathurst, Kelso, Oberon, Lithgow, Blayney, Cudal, Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes, Parkes, Wellington, Dubbo, Mid-West Regional, Weddin areas.
Australia is one of the highest number of meth users in the English speaking world, and that science study was recorded in 2011. In NSW, the number of meth labs has doubled over the past six years; You may not realise it, but the biggest threat to rental properties is not meth labs, it’s meth users. Smoking meth inside a property on a regular basis can contaminate a home and regular smoking of the drug can return contamination readings as high as those produced by a meth lab.
As a property owner or manager, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring a property is safe for habitation. Australian laws (EPA and local government) say that meth contamination above 0.5 micro-grams in a space 100cm square (0.5μg/100cm²) is not acceptable. Landlords face law suits from tenants moving into an already-contaminated property, and adjoining neighbours may also seek legal advice.
Contamination levels greater than 0.5μg/100cm² require a property to be remediated. Decontamination can require treating or ripping out carpet, curtains, wall linings, ceilings, electrical wiring, air conditioners, heating and insulation. Insurance cover is available, but it usually sets a cover limit (i.e. $30,000) and requires a substantial excess payment. Discovering contamination as early as possible makes remediation less expensive. It also means meth-using tenants can be evicted before contamination levels increase any further.
While meth residue is odourless and invisible, exposure can cause a wide range of health problems for the property’s occupants, including respiratory problems – especially for those suffering from asthma, headaches, behaviourial problems in young children, sleep pattern changes in children, increased susceptibility to illness, eye and skin irritation.
The problem of meth manufacturing and use in Australia grows every year. As well as destroying lives, it is devaluing homes. The best way for property owners to protect themselves from liability and financial loss is through meth residue screening conducted by a credible professional. There are four ways we manage the risk and add value:
REGULAR SCREENING FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES
We recommend rental properties are screened regularly for meth residue. Not only does it ensure early detection, when remediation is less likely to be expensive, it also deters tenants from using or making meth on your property.
SCREENING BETWEEN TENANTS
There have been cases recently where tenants have sued landlords, because health problems led to discovery of meth residue in the homes they were renting. Screening for meth residue between tenancies ensures you are living up to your responsibility to provide a home that is fit for purpose.
Are you adding to your rental property portfolio or buying a home to live in? A pre-purchase meth residue screening can help to ensure you’re not buying a house or apartment with an invisible problem.
If you are selling a property in a suburb, town or rural area that is known for meth use or manufacturing, being able to advertise that your property is free of meth residue is an advantage.
When you own or are looking to buy residential property, knowledge is power. Building inspections can provide important information about the structural integrity and condition of a property, but they can’t detect meth residue. While a DIY meth residue test kit can give you an indication, only a professional screening provides the detailed information you need.
Signs of methamphetamine in the property;
Meth labs are often in highly populated residential areas so it is important to report any signs of a meth lab or other illegal drug activity. Neighbours living near a meth lab often notice unusual behaviour of their neighbours running the meth lab as well as unusual waste in unauthorised dump sites.
Some warning signs of a meth lab include:
Denied access to the area and/or paranoid behaviour
Covering and blacking out windows & Guard dogs
Chemical smells not normally found in residential areas
Waste with a large number of pill packaging
Glass containers with dried chemical deposits remaining
Increased traffic and late night visitors with unusually shorts stays
Coffee filters, pillow cases and sheets that are stained red
Frequent burning of waste materials
Large amounts of household chemicals
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