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The presence of Methamphetamine is increasing in many homes throughout NZ.  Get peace of mind and keep your family safe by testing today.

Instant Meth Testing

The instant meth test, which tells you right there and then if there is meth in the home. The instant test does not give you a reading of how much meth there is, but indicates whether it is present.

This is a great option for a property you suspect unlikely to test positive as it is less expensive than the lab meth test.

Cost; $225

This prices includes the travel within Palmerston North or Horowhenua Region, and swab testing three areas of the house (usually kitchen, lounge and a bedroom). This price is without a house report. For a price with a house report, please visit the online quotes page.

The lab meth test provides a figure of either an overall meth quantity in the home or a measure of each tested room.

Its your choice whether you get an overall room 

This is a good choice if you suspect that meth will be present in the home. The level of meth in your home, will depend on what clean up is required.

Cost; $250 (3 swabs) or $85 per swab.

This price includes the travel within Palmerston North or Horowhenua Region, and swab testing area/s of the house (usually kitchen, lounge and a bedroom). This price is without a house report. For a price with a house report, please visit the online quotes page.

Laboratory Meth Testing

Even if you think the current owners are unlikely to smoke meth, there is nothing to say the previous owners or tenants didn't!

Is Meth Testing really that important?

Yes! At high levels, this is definitely a health threat.

Even if you think the current owners are unlikely to smoke meth, there is nothing to say the previous owners or tenants didn't! Many a time people have been caught out thinking it was unlikely of the current tenants, unbeknown to them that the previous residents had contaminated the place.

Methamphetamine has spooked many people out of purchasing a home even when it is found in small amounts. To some scale, this has been a dramatic overreaction. 

 

If you requested the lab test, it will provide you with the amount of micro-grams (µg) per 1m² of either an overall grade, or a room by room breakdown, depending on which you chose. 

The guidelines for cleaning and safety of Methamphetamine according to the NZ Standards Authority of the different levels of meth are as follows;

HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS

According to NZ Standards Authority, these are areas are/can be easily accessed by adults and children, and/or in regular use. E.g. Lounge, Bedroom, Kitchen etc.

< 1.5µg/m²

Less than 1.5µg per m² in High Traffic Areas

To put it simply, a clean up is not required but we personally still recommend it. The reasoning behind this, other than the obvious, is that when samples are taken, they are not brushed over the entire room, they are spot tested. This could mean the area tested is either higher or lower in Meth contamination than other parts of the room. 

How do I clean it? 

At this level of meth contamination (less than 1.5µg per m²), we recommend giving the walls/ceiling a good scrub with a cleaning agent (e.g. Jif) and warm water on every exposed surface, and giving the carpet a clean (possibly a rug doctor). Then, if requested, we can re-test it.

> 1.5µg/m² 

More than 1.5µg per m² in High Traffic Areas

At this level of Meth (P) contamination, a clean up is required by the NZ Standards Authority. This means a thorough clean and/or removal of the methamphetamine contaminated materials. Upon cleaning, the house must be re-tested and fall below 1.5µg per m² to gain a clearance certificate. If it fails to fall beneath this again, it must be cleaned and/or have the contaminated materials removed again.

NB: When there are several high traffic areas of the house, and only some come above the 1.5µg per m² level of Methamphetamine Contamination, it is required that those areas also be cleaned for future residents health.

How do I clean it? 

To see the NZ Standards Authority typical cleaining process, see their PDF download below.

After clean up, it must be re-tested and come under 1.5µg per m² to get a clearance certificate.

LOW TRAFFIC AREAS

According to NZ Standards Authority, these are areas are/can only be accessed by adults, and/or for short periods use. E.g. Wall cavities, unreachable ceilings (high ceilings), crawl spaces etc. This does not include vents, these are high use.

< 3.8µg/m²

Less than 3.8µg per m² in Low Traffic Areas

To put it simply, a clean up is not required but we personally still recommend it. The reasoning behind this, other than the obvious, is that when samples are taken, they are not brushed over the entire room, they are spot tested. This could mean the area tested is either higher or lower in Meth contamination than other parts of the room. 

How do I clean it? 

At this level of meth contamination (less than 3.8µg per m²), we recommend giving the area a good scrub with a cleaning agent (e.g. Jif) and warm water.

> 3.8µg/m² 

More than 3.8µg per m² in Low Traffic Areas

At this level of Meth (P) contamination, a clean up is required by the NZ Standards Authority. This means a thorough clean and/or removal of the methamphetamine contaminated materials. Upon cleaning, the house must be re-tested and fall below 3.8µg per m² to gain a clearance certificate. If it fails to fall beneath this again, it must be cleaned and/or have the contaminated materials removed again. The areas are tested and cleared as a space-by-space basis.

How do I clean it? 

To see the NZ Standards Authority typical cleaining process, see their PDF download below.

After clean up, it must be re-tested and come under 3.8µg per m² for low use areas, to get a clearance certificate.

NZ Standards Authority on Methamphetamine Standards, see PDF document download below;

For Cleaning & Decontamination, see Section 4, page 21.

There are many names for this dangerous drug - P, Meth, Crystal Meth, Methamphetamine, Glass, Ice etc. 

Trust in Town & Country House Inspections to complete your next P test. Book your P test today!