Even a single incident of smoking meth in your home or properties can contaminate the entire property, creating a significant health and financial risk.
Know the Signs of Meth Usage – and Act Fast
Increased stress brought on by pandemic-induced economic factors is fueling a spike in drug use, including methamphetamines. While the human impact is tragic, the impact on your home – including the ability to buy or sell homes or properties – can be devastating. Meth smoked in a single room can contaminate the entire house through the HVAC system, creating a health hazard for everyone. A contaminated property cannot be sold or rented until it has been remediated by a certified provider.
Catch It Early
The best defense against contamination is a strong offense. Now is the time to be vigilant in watching for signs of meth use in your family or by visitors or renters in your properties. Catching these signs early and moving quickly to curtail meth use in your properties can limit damage and reduce overall impact and cost.
What to Look For
The American Addiction Centers have compiled a list of the most common signs of meth use and addiction. This includes:
- A sweet, smoky smell on the person or in their room
- A thinning, frail body
- Facial acne or sores
- Rotted teeth (“meth mouth”)
- A droopy quality to the facial skin
- Liver damage
- Lowered immunity/susceptibility to infectious disease
- A dramatic increase in body temperature
- Increased libido
- Intense scratching
If you notice these signs in people living in your home or properties, they may be smoking meth and placing you and others at risk.
Confront, Test, or Both
What should you do if you suspect a meth use problem? One or both of these approaches can be effective:
Confront. Approach the person you suspect is involved and express concern that they seem not well, or are dealing with sores or scratching, etc. and explore options to help them. If appropriate, refer them to professionals who can help.
Test. Non-invasive testing can indicate if you are dealing with a potential problem. Contact a reputable meth remediation company to conduct testing in your property. A single test can often tell you if there is a potential problem. Additional tests will need to be completed if contamination is confirmed.
Catch It Early, Call the Pros
Catching meth use early will significantly reduce the impact on your home and properties. However, if meth use is detected, your property will need to be remediated in order to return it to a safe environment.
If you need remediation, be sure to work with a reputable meth remediation company. Remediation is required by law, and remediation companies must be approved by the State. Make sure the company you work with is licensed and certified for this type of work, and that they have a track record of success and satisfied customers behind them.
RF Method is the most effective, professional and affordable comprehensive METH testing and remediation available. We are certified and licensed for meth remediation in the State of Utah. Click here for more information, or call us at 385-455-1383 for a free estimate.