Meth usage and resulting property contamination are no longer a rare occurrence in Utah.
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Meth Contamination is More Rampant Than Ever
Meth usage and resulting property contamination are no longer a rare occurrence in Utah. The Utah Department of Health reports that the number of meth contaminated properties rose 19% last year over previous years. Home inspectors estimate that approximately 10-25% of homes they inspect are contaminated.
Toxic Health Risk
Meth contamination is a toxic health risk for anyone occupying the property, and contamination can result from just one person smoking in one room of a house or apartment. The toxins get circulated throughout the unit by the HVAC system, contaminating the entire property. It’s not just a meth lab issue – although those are the worst cases. Recreational use in a space can quickly contaminate to unhealthy levels.
Unfortunately, this type of contamination doesn’t get better with time. The half life of meth is extremely long, meaning that a contaminated property will stay that way for years or even decades unless properly remediated.
Most real estate contracts in Utah currently ask the seller to certify that they are unaware of any methamphetamine contamination in the property they are selling. With the rise in meth usage in recent years – and particularly with the rise in isolation and depression associated with COVID-19 – it’s no longer safe to assume nothing has been going on, particularly with rental properties.
Just because you know the renters, or “they seem like nice people,” doesn’t eliminate the possibility of meth use. If there’s any doubt, get the test.
Buyer, Renter Protection
As a buyer, it’s a good idea to require a meth test as part of the inspection and testing protocol before purchasing a property. This added precaution can avoid many problems and health issues down the road.
As a landlord or potential renter, if there is any question at all about the possibility of meth use in a unit, you owe it to the health of everyone involved to verify the safety of the space.
Meth testing is reasonably priced, and when completed by a certified provider through a state certified laboratory, is highly reliable. A single test can highlight a potential problem, and additional testing can be added to verify the extent of contamination. Multi-test discounts are available that make the cost of testing even more affordable.
Don't Leave It to Chance
Meth is a potent toxin with both health and economic impacts. If there’s any doubt, get the test. Call a Utah certified meth remediation company like RainFire Restoration and order the RF Method testing so you can buy, sell and rent with full confidence.
RF Method is the most effective, professional and affordable comprehensive METH testing and remediation available. We are certified and licensed for meth remediation in the State of Utah. Click here for more information, or call us at 385-336-7246 for a free estimate.