Find Out if Your Home Housed a Meth Lab

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Buying a home without a meth test can be costly. There have been instances where home buyers who unknowingly purchased a home that housed a meth lab have incurred costs of $30,000 or more to remedy the environmental damage inflicted within the home.

Methamphetamine (also known as “crystal meth” or “meth”) is a highly addictive and illegal stimulant. A meth lab is an illegal drug-manufacturing site, often in a house or apartment, containing equipment and potentially toxic chemicals required to produce meth.

When conducting a meth test, Utah Property Inspectors will conduct a thorough visual inspection to determine the possible presence of a meth lab in the home. Evidence used in meth testing includes odors, equipment, chemical staining, unusual burn marks, and more.

Our building inspectors are highly trained and equipped to test for the presence of methamphetamine in a home. Our detailed methtesting report will suggest next steps to correct any meth-related issues found in the home.

what’s inspected during a meth test

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The presence of equipment used to cook meth, such as pressure cookers, jugs, blenders, aluminum foil, pH test strips, turkey basting wands, rubber gloves, thermometers, funnels, strainers and duct tape.

Unusual odors. The odors associated with meth labs often smell sweet or bitter, and some people have described it as burning popcorn. An ammonia smell, similar to that of pet urine, may also be present. Waste products may have been dumped down sinks, drains or toilets. These waste products can collect in drains, traps and septic tanks and can give off fumes.

Chemical staining of walls and floors. Yellow or red stains are likely to be a result of phosphorous or iodine spillage

Covered or blacked-out windows.

Burnpits, stained soil, or dead vegetation indicating dumped chemicals from a meth lab.

Security measures, such as cameras or baby monitors outside of buildings. Unusual small holes in walls and doors may indicate runways for cables.

Rust appearing on door hinges, cabinet knobs, light fixtures or keys. Corrosive gasses such as hydrochloric acid cause this rusting.

Unusual burn marks caused by the meth production process.

Trap doors in floors or walls.

Unusual venting or plumbing.

Missing or detached smoke detectors.

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