Meth contamination is a serious problem in New Zealand. It’s explosive, toxic, flammable and poisonous and can will put your house at risk. It’s caused by the residue left on the surface after the meth is manufactured and used. Building materials such as fixtures and fittings can easily absorb this contaminated residue. And when anybody comes into contact with these contaminated surfaces, this harmful chemical is transferred to their body.
Though presence of a lower level of meth doesn’t necessarily pose serious health risks, it’s always advisable to be careful.
What are the possible health effects of meth contamination?
Meth contaminants can be hazardous as these can cause irritation of the skin and eyes, headaches and nausea. Sustained exposure may damage lungs and skin and can lead to death in extreme circumstances. Though the health effects of meth after it is removed have not been studied fully, it makes sense to ensure that the area is cleaned up properly and contamination is completely removed from the property. Hiring a professional contractor in your area is a good idea as they have superior equipment and testing facilities.
What to do if you suspect meth use at your home
Call a professional meth residue contamination testing company immediately, even if you have the smallest of suspicions of the presence of meth at your home. They will advise the proper type of testing required for your building.
How to protect from meth residue contamination
- Precautionary testing
If you’re going to rent a home, never forget to carry out pre-tenancy meth testing of the rental property. This means your landlord should ensure that the property is meth-free prior to tenancy. It also preserves the market value of property. A landlord can also charge more rent if they assure their house is completely meth-free.
- Seal the house up if meth is confirmed
If tests confirm the presence of meth, seal the house so that nobody enters the premises because it can be dangerous. Hire a professional meth residue testing firm to get the property decontaminated. In addition, you can take the following steps:
- Avoid turning any electrical devices such as lights or fan on or off. This could lead to an explosion.
- Avoid shutting off water supply from the building.
- Never try to stop a chemical reaction.
- Avoid smoking or using any smartphone that can result in spark.
- Don’t try to clean the property.
In case you are still worried about contamination after cleaning your residence, you should get it thoroughly tested to confirm the presence of any chemical residue. Though, multiple sampling is an expensive proposition, it provides the much needed peace of mind.
How to hire a contractor
Removing meth contamination is not an easy task; it requires the help of a professional decontamination expert. Just because a person passed the prescribed certification test doesn’t mean they’re experts. It just shows they are well aware of the laws. A competent meth decontamination agency on the other hand learns the tricks of the trade by trial and error. They know practical aspects of this problem.
Before hiring an agency, ask them whether they are linked to any contamination cleaning companies, or if they are a contamination cleaning company as well. If so, be aware that you may not be getting a truly independent test as what Residue Testing NZ provide you. The outcome for the testing company should have absolutely no bearing on the testing procedure, a truly professional meth residue tester will advise and adhere to that.
On the final note, it’s very important that people are thoroughly trained in the sampling and analysis of the meth residue testing process. They should be fully aware of all testing scenarios. This is where we stand out from the crowd as we can offer the right advice based on your requirements. We can design scientific tests to identify methamphetamine residues.
If you would like any more information on meth testing for your property or assets then you should call us, we take pride in our service and will make sure you get a true and concise report back. Call 0800 003636 now or email us at [email protected].