1. WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION?

Methamphetamine contamination refers to the presence of methamphetamine residue or chemicals associated with methamphetamine in a property, typically from activities such as drug manufacturing, smoking, or   otheruse.

2. WHY SHOULD I TEST FOR METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION IN MY PROPERTY?

Testing for methamphetamine contamination is important to ensure the health, safety and well-being of occupants. Prolonged exposure to methamphetamine residue can have adverse health effects.  One should also test their property prior to purchase to ensure it is NOT inadvertently contaminated with Meth!

3. HOW DOES METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION OCCUR IN A PROPERTY?

Methamphetamine contamination can occur in a property through activities such as methamphetamine production, smoking, or using methamphetamine. The chemicals used in the production process can contaminate surfaces and materials, leaving behind residue.

4. WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION?

Health risks associated with methamphetamine contamination include respiratory problems, skin irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and potentially more severe effects with long-term exposure. Children, pregnant women, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions may be particularly vulnerable.

5. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PROPERTY IS CONTAMINATED WITH METHAMPHETAMINE?

To determine if your property is contaminated with methamphetamine, specialized testing  by a CDPHE consultant is required. This typically involves collecting samples from various surfaces and materials within the property and analyzing them for the presence of methamphetamine residue.

6. HOW ACCURATE ARE METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION TESTS?

Methamphetamine contamination tests can be highly accurate when conducted by certified consultants like A to Z Meth testing  using validated methods (NIOSH 9111-50) and equipment.   A to Z Meth Testing utilizes testing techniques down to the nanogram level! 

7. WHAT METHODS ARE USED TO TEST FOR METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION?

Various methods are used to test for methamphetamine contamination, including surface wipe sampling, air sampling, and vacuum sampling. These methods can detect and quantify methamphetamine residue in different environments.  Wipe Sampling is the most commonly used and accepted method.  

8. CAN METHAMPHETAMINE RESIDUE BE DETECTED IN DIFFERENT SURFACES AND MATERIALS?

Yes, methamphetamine residue can be detected in different surfaces and materials, including walls, carpets, furniture, ventilation systems, clothing, and personal belongings.

9. WHAT ARE THE ACCEPTABLE METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION LEVELS FOR A PROPERTY?

Acceptable methamphetamine contamination levels vary by area of a property. Generally, any detectable level of methamphetamine residue over 0.2 ug / 100 SQCM may be considered a contamination concern, and specific guidelines should be followed for safe occupancy.  

10. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION TEST RESULTS?

The time it takes to receive methamphetamine contamination test results can vary depending on the testing method, sample size, and laboratory processing times. A to Z Meth Testing offers economical options, as well as 24 hour turnaround service!

11. CAN A PROPERTY BE DECONTAMINATED IF METHAMPHETAMINE IS DETECTED?

If methamphetamine is detected in a property, it can be decontaminated through a specialized process that involves cleaning and removing the contaminated materials. Professional decontamination services should be employed to ensure proper and safe remediation.

12. CAN METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION AFFECT PROPERTY RESALE VALUE OR RENTAL POTENTIAL?

Methamphetamine contamination can severely  impact property resale value and rental potential. Prospective buyers or tenants may be deterred if they discover a property has a history of methamphetamine contamination, as it can raise concerns about health risks and legal implications.  Meth affected properties are NOT legally habitable per Colorado State Statutes!

13. ARE THERE ANY REGULATIONS OR GUIDELINES REGARDING METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION TESTING?

Regulations and guidelines regarding methamphetamine contamination are governed at the state level and specifically by the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

14. CAN I CONDUCT METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION TESTING ON MY OWN, OR SHOULD I HIRE PROFESSIONALS?

Per state statute – ONLY a certified methamphetamine consultant may evaluate a property for contamination.  This is conducted through a Screening  Level Assessment or Preliminary Assessment.  In accordance with regulations – a noncertified home inspector may NOT conduct meth sampling of a property.  Any samples collected by a non certified individual are considered useless and legally non binding whatsoever.  

 

15. HOW MUCH DOES METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION TESTING COST?

The cost of methamphetamine contamination testing can vary depending on factors such as the size of the property, the number of samples collected, the testing method used,

There are also several different types of meth testing that can be conducted within regulations, and the type of test can impact the price but also the value of the results.

 

 It is best to contact the team directly at A to Z Meth Testing  for specific cost estimates. Use the Contact Us page to get in touch.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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