Fresh paint and wallpaper will cover up the problem, temporarily, but the contamination will start to seep into the new surfaces quite quickly and eventually the new surface will be as bad as the subsurface. All that this will achieve is a lower meth test reading than before. It may fool a presumptive testing device, completely, but not a laboratory test.
The fresh paint will produce an artificially lower surface test reading that will only complicate the decontamination process by requiring thousands of dollars of further sub-surface testing or wasting hours of time and chemicals on the wrong type of decontamination plan.
Meth contamination is the residue left behind on surfaces by the methamphetamine either being smoked or manufactured within a property. It is alarming that for every 1kg of Methamphetamine produced, 5kgs of toxic waste is created.
The residue left from manufacture and to a lesser extent, smoking could include:
All of our samples are analysed by an independent IANZ accredited lab. We use a powerful technique with very high sensitivity levels allowing detection of methamphetamine to 0.02μg/100cm2 the analysis is very accurate, there are no false positives and the testing is done independently of the people who take the samples. Lab based testing gives a quantitative result, this allows the remediation contractor to provide recommendations for contamination remediation.
Please note: we are not affiliated with remediation or contamination clean-up companies therefore you can rest assured that our results are trustworthy, unbiased and totally independent.
Unfortunately, "No". All surfaces and materials in a home are porous such as plasterboards, timber flooring, stud walls, brickwork, concrete just to name a few. This allows the chemicals to penetrate deep within the surfaces that sometimes makes it uneconomical to clean. The levels of methamphetamine will indicate whether you have a small or big problem.
Testing a new home or investment property before you buy is extremely important. Just like a building report, a meth test should be on your due-diligence list and here's why:
Meth use will often not leave behind a discernible odour, however sometimes, you may be able to smell a chemical or urine smell.
Contamination can be found anywhere. The production of Meth means big money, labs have been found in million dollar properties and luxury apartments.