Inexpensive Property Screening for Meth Residue
Buying a property that is contaminated with residue from smoking or making meth can be devastating to health and/or finances. Some states have laws that protect buyers, but even if laws exist once you’ve taken possession of a property it’s not likely to be easy to get your investment back. Correcting the health hazards related to a meth property can be very expensive. Screening properties before investing can save tremendously in many ways.
The most reliable and precise way of screening a property is hiring an industrial hygienist with proper clandestine drug lab credentials to do professional testing. This can be expensive and require scheduling testing in the short objection period.
DIY test kits can be used by the buyer, investor or real estate professional. Some offer instant results, other need to be sent to a lab and may require a week or more to get results. DIY testing is not a replacement for professional testing but offers a quick screening to alert a potential buyer to avoid properties that test positive.
A new alternative is using a device that tests for meth residue in the air to as low as one part per million. Canned air is used to blow across surfaces to pick up small traces of residue and deliver it to the alarm. A text readout is supplied when meth or some chemicals used in its manufacture are detected. This compact, battery powered device makes it easy and convenient to screen properties. The cost is about the same a dozen high quality DIY test kits.
No testing, including that done by a properly trained industrial hygienist is considered proof that no meth residue exists in a property. Positive tests are considered evidence that meth is present. A non-positive test is always considered inconclusive.