We will Sterile Surface Swab several areas within the home to determines the degree and type (if any) drug contamination is present in the areas being sampled. The Sterile Surface Swab is a destructive and very accurate testing method. After the areas are swabbed the samples are mailed to a certified laboratory to process the results.
A house or other structure containing a meth lab will display "telltale signs" of meth production. Some of these signs concern the appearance of the structure itself, while others concern the behavior of the occupants. It is important to learn to recognize these "telltale signs" and know what to do if you see them.
A house or other structure containing a meth lab usually has one or more of the following characteristics:
UNUSUAL ODORS - Making meth produces powerful odors that may smell like ammonia or ether. These odors have been compared to the smell of cat urine or rotten eggs.
COVERED WINDOWS - Meth makers often blacken or cover windows to prevent outsiders from seeing in.
STRANGE VENTILATION - Meth makers often employ unusual ventilation practices to rid themselves of toxic fumes produced by the meth-making process. They may open windows on cold days or at other seemingly inappropriate times, and they may set up fans, furnace blowers, and other unusual ventilation systems.
ELABORATE SECURITY - Meth makers often set up elaborate security measures, including, for example, "Keep Out" signs, guard dogs, video cameras, or baby monitors placed outside to warn of persons approaching the premises.
DEAD VEGETATION - Meth makers sometimes dump toxic substances in their yards, leaving burn pits, "dead spots" in the grass or vegetation, or other evidence of chemical dumping.
EXCESSIVE OR UNUSUAL TRASH - Meth makers produce large quantities of unusual waste that may contain, for example:
Some "telltale signs" of a house containing a meth lab relate not to the appearance of the structure but rather to the behavior of its occupants. You should look for:
PARANOID BEHAVIOR - Meth makers tend to act in a manner that is extremely paranoid and secretive. For example, they may monitor passing cars, show great suspicion toward strangers, and - as noted above - construct elaborate security systems around their homes.
STAYING INSIDE - Residents of houses containing meth labs may remain inside their homes for extended periods of time. Many meth addicts and meth makers are not only paranoid and secretive, but also unemployed.
SMOKING OUTSIDE - By the same token, residents of houses and other structures containing meth labs often go outside to smoke. They do this to avoid igniting a fire or explosion when matches, lighters, or cigarettes come into contact with the highly combustible chemicals and fumes found in a meth lab.
FREQUENT VISITORS - Although residents of a house or other structure containing a meth lab may stay in or near their homes, they often receive a large number of visitors, especially at night. These visitors may be bringing supplies, taking away meth, using meth, hanging out, or any combination of these activities.
MOBILE GARBAGE - To avoid detection of their illegal activities, meth makers may burn their trash, place it in the trash collection area of another house or building, or cart it away and dump it elsewhere.
Buying a home is one of the most crucial decisions you will make. You will have to get appraisals, home inspections, surveys, insurance and so on, all in the interest of protecting your investment. Don't forget to also get your home tested for previous drug labs, processing and usage! Toxic chemicals from illicit street drugs can make your family sick and your wallet cringe with cleanup costs starting at about $10,000.00. In the United States only 1 in 10 drug labs are ever discovered leaving future buyers at risk. Don't judge a book by its cover! Often times drug dealers and producers use homes in suburban and higher end areas to avoid suspicion of illegal activity. More than 50% of states have no disclosure laws regarding these types of hazardous conditions. Schedule your testing today with your qualified home inspector and get the peace of mind every homeowner should have when settling in.
Drugs residues our labs look for with EVERY Test:
Moving into a meth-contaminated home can cause long-lasting harm to the new owners or renters. Since many "meth homes" go undetected by law enforcement and property-handling middlemen, the problem might not reveal itself until residents start feeling ill. The side effects of living in a former meth lab can also be difficult to identify, varying from headaches and dry mouth to kidney or brain damage. Schedule meth lab testing & drug residue testing today.
Jason and Rhonda Holt purchased a house in Tennessee to start their family. They were soon plagued by mysterious illnesses. Their three babies became pale and lethargic, requiring many trips to the emergency room where they were put on respirators and one received steroids. Rhonda developed headaches, and her husband suffered kidney ailments. They endured these illnesses for years until they discovered, five years after moving into their house, that it was the location of a former meth lab. The Holts would need to spend more than $30,000 to rid their home of the toxic chemicals that had saturated the home.