Why Meth Testing is Vital

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At Aerolite, we’re proud to offer a number of different home inspections to keep you and your family safe and healthy. These inspections, which range from lead and asbestos testing to radon inspections and mitigation services, can have a major impact on decisions you make when buying or selling a given home.

One of our other offerings here is meth testing, which tests for the presence of the kinds of residue generally released when methamphetamine is cooked in a given space. Meth contamination can lead to major health issues, and that’s not the only significant downside it can come with. Here are a few reasons why you should prioritize meth testing if you’re considering buying a new home.

Health Incentives

Methamphetamine is made using a number of ingredients that are harmful to humans, and during this process, it releases residue into walls and other surfaces of the room it’s being cooked in. When this residue reaches large enough amounts, it can have major effects on human health, including:

  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Increase in chronic conditions or illnesses
  • More common sickness for people in the home
  • Severe long-term effects on brain development which may increase the chances of mental illness and behavioral issues in children

This is just a partial list – more research is needed to determine the full long-term effects of meth exposure, which may be even greater than what we’ve listed in reality. As such, the top reason for having a home inspected for meth residue is to keep its occupants safe and healthy.

Financial Incentives

It’s not quite as important as your health, but there are major financial reasons why you should consider meth testing as well. A new home is one of the biggest investments most of us will make in our lives – naturally, you want to avoid any situation that could lower the value of your investment significantly, and meth contamination is one such situation.

At Aerolite, we’ve heard horror stories about people who purchased a home without a meth inspection. Months or years later, signs of meth contamination were detected – not only did these homeowners have to spend huge sums on cleaning and sanitizing, they saw their home values decrease as well. Would you rather risk that kind of thing happening to you, or spend a few bucks on a basic meth inspection before moving in? We think the answer is clear.

No Matter What

Many potential buyers gloss over a meth inspection because they trust the seller and assume there’s no way that person could be involved in meth production. Being trusting is nice, but remember that there might be things you don’t know about in the home’s history – and even things the current owner doesn’t know about. What if there was meth contamination before they moved in? What if they rented their home or had guests who created this contamination? Most of all, what if your assessment of this party is simply incorrect?

For all these reasons, don’t take the chance. Contact our professionals at Aerolite and find out about meth testing and all our other home inspection offerings today.