Meth Contamination: Signs to Be Aware Of

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basics on methamphetamine contamination in homes, from how they form to the significant health risks that can be associated with them. Meth contamination is not to be taken lightly, and is often something that will be tested for or inspected for during home sales or purchases.

At Aerolite Consulting, we’re here to provide both meth testing and inspections for clients around Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, St. George and other parts of Utah, this in addition to our extensive list of home inspections, environmental tests and more. While part one of our series discussed the causes and risks of meth contamination in homes, today’s part two will look at some of the unconventional features or signs of a home that may signal a possible meth contamination, plus what to do if these are seen at any point.

Certain Alterations to Ventilation Systems

Because methamphetamine is often created by cooking or mixing various substances together, it emits toxic chemicals into the air that can be extremely dangerous if inhaled. As such, those who are involved with creating the drug will typically have to change and adjust ventilation systems within their homes to prevent this from happening.

In many cases, these changes aren’t done correctly or efficiently, meaning there may be alterations or damage to ventilation systems that are visible when a home is inspected. This could include blocked vent pipes, duct tape covering vents, blowers that have been installed in odd locations and various other signs of tampering. If you notice any of these during an inspection for the potential purchase of a home, this may be a red flag indicating possible meth contamination.

Unusual Smells

Another common sign of meth contamination in a home is the presence of unusual smells. In most cases, these will be pungent or chemical odors that are strong and linger in certain areas of the home. This can include ammonia-like scents, cat urine smells, or other foul odors that are often associated with meth production.

Staining on Walls and Ceilings

Due to the toxic chemicals involved in meth production, there can often be noticeable stains on walls and ceilings in homes that have been used as laboratories. These stains may appear yellow or brownish in color, and could also include discoloration or fading of paint or wallpaper.

Excessive Security Measures

While it’s true that there can be several reasons for significant security measures in a home, such as living in a high-crime area, if you notice excessive security measures in a home that is being inspected for purchase, it could be another red flag for possible meth contamination. This might include bars on windows and doors, reinforced locks, or even security cameras.

Particularly if you notice this in addition to other signs like those above, you may want to consider further testing for meth contamination before making a decision on purchasing the home.

While these are some of the most common unconventional features or signs of a possible meth contamination in a home, it’s important to note that there could be others. If you have any concerns about a potential home purchase and possible meth contamination, don’t hesitate to reach out to Aerolite Consulting for professional testing and inspection services. We’ll help ensure your safety and peace of mind before making a significant investment in a new home.