WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION?
Methamphetamine (Meth for short) is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as P or ice, it is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.
Making or cooking meth requires very little experience which means meth labs can be found almost anywhere – in houses, apartments, cars, storage units, baches, and mobile homes. Contaminated properties due to the smoking or manufacture of methamphetamine is an increasing issue in New Zealand.
P contamination can have a huge impact on you and on your families health. Meth residue can seep into soft furnishings, carpets, walls and even ceilings which can cause serious health risks for anyone exposed, particularly young children. The health effects can be longer-lasting as you may not be aware that meth contamination has occurred.
WHO IS METHAMPHETAMINE TESTING FOR?
Jim’s Building Inspections provides on-site, independent Methamphetamine inspection and testing services in Auckland, Christchurch and surrounding areas of New Zealand for:
• Homeowners (Own house and investment property)
As a landlord, you want peace of mind there is no health risk for you, your tenants and their family.
• Real estate agents
• Commercial property owners
• Property Investors
• Local government, and
• Anyone who wants to be completely certain that their property has not been used for cooking or indulging in meth use.
Meth testing by a professional Jim’s Building Inspector is really the only way to be completely sure that a hidden Meth or ‘P’ contamination problem isn’t lurking in your home. Jim’s Building Inspections is currently servicing Christchurch, Auckland and surrounding areas of New Zealand.
Contact Jim’s Building Inspections on 0800 454 654 or click here to arrange a FREE quote which includes the initial site inspection.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION?
Some common warning signs that your property may have been used as a meth lab include:
• Discoloration of structures, soil and pavement
• Strong odours (acrid, sour, solvents, ammonia)
• Burns, unusual stains, yellowed walls and rust in strange places such as on window fittings or door handles
• General unwellness in the household – particularly children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include respiratory distress, skin irritation, fatigue, headaches and dizziness, nose and throat irritation.
WHAT DOES METH TESTING INVOLVE?
Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand will inspect and remove samples – in the form of swab testing – from the contaminated property in accordance with NZS8510:2017 National Testing Standard.
The test can single out contaminated areas and pinpoint any furnishings or materials too contaminated to be cleaned. This is a non-invasive process and swab samples are sent to an IANZ accredited laboratory. After laboratory analysis, the results are generally available within 48 hours of receipt of the samples for testing.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL YOU RECEIVE?
Following the results, a Jim’s Building Inspector will issue you a simple, jargon-free report of the inspection and the opportunity to discuss findings over the phone. You are more than welcome to be present at the meth inspections as well if you would like.
The building inspection report will include the results of the methamphetamine sampling together with detailed photos of the contaminated areas.
Jim’s Building Inspectors are qualified building professionals and will offer sound advice on the best way to navigate through the remediation of your property. We can recommend methamphetamine removalists if this work is required.
Local knowledge and experience mean Jim’s Building Inspections is a name you can trust with all of your property inspections and meth testing needs.