You want to be confident when buying your new home, and meth testing can help give you peace of mind that the house you’re purchasing is safe. 

Home inspectors can test your new house for meth during the home inspection, and it’s an important test to have done. Here’s everything you need to know about meth testing for your new home.

Why Test for Meth?

Methamphetamines are a dangerous and highly addictive drug, and they are more prevalent in the United States than you might think. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 1.6 million adults nationwide used meth in 2017. And that number is steadily increasing by as much as 43% per year. 

Those numbers are alarming, and as the prevalence of meth increases, so does the risk that your new home has traces of methamphetamines in it. Each of those meth users likely used in a variety of locations, and the chances that your home was one of them are too high to ignore. It’s important to have a professional home inspector test for meth before you close on your house so you can make an informed decision.

Health Risks from Meth Exposure 

Meth residue is not only extremely dangerous, but it’s also invisible and odorless. This can make it impossible to detect by a visual inspection. It only takes one time of someone smoking meth in a home for it to stick around. Residue can even last as long as 250 years in one location, particularly in areas where the harmful drug was manufactured.

The health risks from exposure to meth residue are extreme, and they affect children more significantly than adults. The more mild side effects can include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Eye irritation
  • Difficulty breathing

Exposure can also result in behavior changes, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and attention issues. These health risks are especially concerning in children.

Avoid Risks with a Meth Test

Testing your new home for meth before you close is an important step to protect yourself and your family. Not only is meth poisonous and poses serious health threats, but it can also be thousands of dollars to remove. Even remodeling a house won’t get rid of meth residue. No amount of paint or basic cleaning will get rid of it.

Meth permeates the walls, the carpet, the ceiling, the cabinets, and every other surface of a home. That makes it extremely difficult and expensive to remove. No new homeowner wants to move into a house only to find that the home is making your family sick and that the only way to fix it is to move or spend tons of money to get rid of drug residue. This is why meth testing performed by a licensed home inspector before you buy is extremely important.

Your Home Inspection Pros is Here

Move into your new home worry-free with a home inspection by Your Home Inspection Pros. Our certified inspection, Parrish Kunkel, goes above and beyond to make sure you get what you’re expecting with your new home. We offer commercial and home inspections with meth testing throughout Salt Lake, Davis, Wasatch, Tooele, and Utah counties in Utah. Contact us today to schedule your inspection!