Do I Really Need to Have My Home Tested for Meth?
You’ve probably heard stories about homes that have tested positive for meth. It’s one of those things that happens to other people, not to you, right? As it turns out, that may not actually be the case. The only way to make sure you don’t end up closing a deal on a meth house, or even a home where meth was just being used, is to have it tested first.
As you’re likely aware, once meth has been cooked or used in a home, the home is contaminated, often to dangerously unhealthy levels that are especially harmful to young children and pets. Remember, any home can test positive for meth. That’s not the only problem though. If a home was a hot spot for drug making or deals, you could find some seriously unsavory characters knocking at your door, putting you and your family in some scary situations.
There are some red flags that can indicate that a property was used to make meth or that meth was used there. Deep stains on the walls and carpets and suspicious or out of place smells can all be indicators. Strange ventilation systems, abnormal quantities of odd items, and covered windows can be other red flags that should definitely signal the need for an inspection. Sometimes the process of cooking meth can change the color of plumbing too, so watch out for that as well. Keep in mind that while it’s good to keep an eye out for these signs, their absence does not guarantee that meth has never been in the home.
What Happens Next
If a home tests positive for meth, you have a few different options, assuming you haven’t closed the deal yet. The responsibility for cleanup lies with the current homeowner, which is why it’s so important to have the test done before you make the purchase. From there, you can insist that they pay for the home to be cleaned or walk away from the deal. If you’re the current homeowner, you can either have it cleaned and decontaminated or try to sell it.
There’s nothing that quite compares with finding a home that appears to be perfect only to find out that there are some very serious problems with it that prevent it from being a safe place for you and your family to live. Still, it’s far better to find out before you buy the home than afterward. Make sure your soon-to-be new home is safe for you and your family by making a meth test a part of the inspection process before you finalize the deal.
When it comes to having your home inspected for meth, you’re better off safe than sorry. See how we can help you by testing your home for meth today.