Meth affected properties are heart breaking. Their impact on families, communities, and the local economy are huge! Let us help you get straight with the police, the state, the FBI, and The Department of Health. Meth cleanup and testing is hightly regulated. We are certified to handle this hazard.
A former meth house, is any house where meth was smoked in. Meth doesn't have to be cooked, produced, or labeled as a meth lab to do serious damage to a property. Inviting one person who does meth into your home can be a costly mistake. Most meth users will not disclose their addiction or their intent to smoke it on your property. If they are renters then the damage they are doing to your property is more costly than what you will ever get from rent. Most meth users will blow their smoke out the window or into your ventilation system. If they blow it into your ventilation system, expect to pay a licensed biohazard cleaner $10K to clean and remove all the meth residue, or pay more to have it all replaced. Most home owners insurances do not cover this costly expense. If you rerent a place that has meth and the new tenants get sick, you might also be sued for medical damages.
Methamphetamine is a crystal substance that when heated vaporizes, that’s how people ingest it. That vapor goes off and into surfaces and as it cools, it recrystallizes. These trace amounts increase over time and in the case of homes that used to be meth labs, can leave incredibly unhealthy levels of the chemicals in the walls, ceilings, carpets – you name it. When meth is ‘cooked’ in a home these toxins spread everywhere. The remaining chemicals can harm those living in the home, as they are exposed to the residual meth daily.
Some families report constant sickness, inability to sleep, sinus problems that require surgery, babies unable to gain weight. Others have methamphetamine traces show up in their bloodwork without any history of using the substance. Migraines, respiratory difficulties, skin burns, irritation. The list goes on, and these are just the short term effects. The possible long-term health problems are less understood, but no less scary.
Coming down with these illnesses repeatedly, seemingly out of nowhere can seem like something out of a horror movie! If you have experienced any of these symptoms after moving into a new home, it may very well be that your home’s history wasn’t properly disclosed to you.
Signs of a Former Meth House
Whether you are looking at purchasing a new home or you’re renting out a property and wonder what might be going down – keep your eyes peeled for some of these common meth house signs.
Stay Alert for Strong Scents
While older homes might have a normal, musty smell, meth homes have a clear scent. Smell for ammonia, vinegar, or a rotten egg smell. These are definitive flags that something is up, if you haven’t bought the property yet now is the time to ask some serious questions.
Ask Your Neighbors
One of the couples we mentioned earlier had no idea until their neighbors clued them in. Talk to your neighbors, they have likely been in the neighborhood longer than yourself and may have seen things that the seller of the property didn’t see (or didn’t want to disclose).
Test Your Home
If you have noticed any of these signs, or want to get right to the scientific truth of the matter, you can get a test. You can buy a methamphetamine test to test the levels in your home for relatively low costs (some on Amazon for as little as $10 at the time of this writing). Each state has a ‘safe’ limit so check against that number to determine whether your result is acceptable for you. And if that tests proves positive for even a minuscule amount, you are allowed to feel it is unacceptable. It’s your home, you don’t have to go by a recommended safe amount if you don’t feel safe!
Got bad news? Did your house test positive for meth residue? It is time for a serious cleanup! if you suspect your home or home-to-be was a meth house, get professional assistance and make sure your home is habitable! If you need the help, call American Restoration 24/7! Our team is prepared to handle the hard work necessary to rehabilitate properties just like yours. Giving your family peace of mind and a safe place to live again.