We offer professional meth testing.
Could your property contain traces of methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine, known by other names such as meth, ice, crystal and glass, is a popular stimulant among illicit drug users in Australia. It can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, inhaled or injected. People who become addicted to meth typically inject or smoke the drug on a regular basis.
Smoking and injecting meth are the most common modes of administration for its users. These methods lead to meth residue seeping into walls and surfaces of a building. In addition, meth is illegal to use and produce in Australia, meaning that some homes are manufacturing labs for the drug.
As a result, thousands of homes are a health risk to new inhabitants due to meth exposure. These homes require meth testing to uncover a history of meth use and production.
What is meth exposure?
Meth exposure is the result of drug residue being present in a building. When a home has previously housed the use or production of meth, new inhabitants can develop meth exposure as a result. This chronic issue can harm you and your family’s health.
The effects of meth exposure include:
- Nose and throat irritation
- Breathing difficulties
No amount of exposure to meth is a safe level of exposure. Children are particularly vulnerable when playing with surfaces and objects around the home.
What can I do about meth exposure?
At Envirofree, we highly recommend getting environmental experts involved when you suspect meth exposure in your building.
If your home is confirmed to have a meth exposure issue, the only solution is professional decontamination. This method involves the removal of porous material such as carpets, blinds and light fittings. Sometimes, this process involves removing bigger structures such as doors, ceilings and walls. In addition, areas of the home must be cleaned thoroughly, in a process that might be repeated several times. Overall, meth decontamination is a thorough and costly process, but necessary to resolve the issue.
If you are scouting for a new home as a buyer or agent, meth testing before your purchase can save you large amounts of money on the cost of decontamination. Furthermore, confirming meth exposure in surfaces and possession can allow a new inhabitant to replace items in their home. Since meth testing provides the evidence, the person responsible for that meth exposure can cover the cost of replacement for items in your new home.
Our meth testing services
At Envirofree, we offer the following services in Melbourne as part of our meth testing package:
- Initial Composite Screening Report
- Post Remediation Sampling Analysis Reports
- Project Management
All trained Envirofree employees undertake meth testing using the industry-recognised NIOSH911 method. As part of this method, we use ‘liquid chromatography’ and ‘mass spectrometry-sim mode’ techniques to detect meth. We also provide advice and recommendations for what to do if you have a meth issue in your building.
Curious about your home? We also provide other environmental impact assessments, such as mould testing and removal.