Meth contamination is caused when the property is used as a meth lab or when the occupants smoke meth. Smoking is the most common form of meth use. When meth is smoked, the meth is heated and turns into vapour. The vapour that is not inhaled by the smoker is then deposited on the walls, floors, furnishings, ducts and more, leaving a residue of meth. A property contaminated with meth is a serious health risk to the occupants.
People who are exposed to low level meth contamination often suffer from nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, psychosis, paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety, rashes and breathing difficulties.
Cleaning a contaminated property can cost between $10,000 – $50,000 (often more) and in extreme cases there is no option but to demolish the house.
Many landlords and house insurances policies specifically exclude any claims relating to meth contamination.
Most property managers in New Zealand test for meth at tenancy changes and meth testing has become as essential as a Building and Pest Inspection prior to purchase. Meth testing in New Zealand in rental properties has shown contamination in up to 50% of properties tested.
Screening for meth in Australia has historically been expensive ($500 – $2,000) per test. We have worked hard to allow property managers and landlords to implement a meth screening program at a very low cost. You can now implement a meth screening program, ensuring your properties are screened either annually or at every tenancy change from as little as $99.00 per year.