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Meth Testing Loopholes on Real Estate Leave Houses Contaminated

Meth Testing Loopholes
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Meth Testing Loopholes

Just recently a realtor in Utah came out and exposes a “loophole” in the real estate market that could leave houses contaminated with methamphetamine. The report was revealed by Utah’s KSL TV and reported on by Lori Prichard.

The realtor’s name is Brandon Hacker and he actively goes out and gets meth tests done on homes that his buyers are interested in. The main tip the Mr. Hacker has said can help expose the current loophole of meth testing in real estate is getting a certified decontamination specialist.

Apparently if you don’t use a certified meth decontamination specialist and do a self test there is no requirement to report it. When a specialist does the testing they are required to report it to the health department. Mr. Hacker told KSL, “If they get a certified test done, the health department will step in and protect us.”

You’d think that everyone would want to try and make sure that houses were tested for previous drug house problems. The truth is that realtors are facing tough markets and some don’t want to know the truth. Mr. Hacker also said, “With inventory low, a lot of (realtors) say ‘I don’t want to know, let’s hope the next person doesn’t want to know either.”

The easy fix is to definitely test a house no matter what if you’re looking to purchase the home. You don’t know for sure if it has been tested by a certified tester or not. MSN reports that testing, decontamination and re-testing a house can cost as much as $16,000. It’s not a cheap thing to get done but it can save your life and the health of your family.

The DEA gives some tips on how to detect whether a house might be a previous meth house that you should avoid on the real estate market or not:

  • A large amount of cold tablet containers that list Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine as ingredients.
  • Jars containing clear liquid with a white or red colored solid on the bottom.
  • Jars labeled as containing Iodine or dark shiny metallic purple crystals inside of jars.
  • Jars labeled as containing Red Phosphorus or a fine dark red or purple powder.
  • Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red sludge, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.
  • Bottles labeled as containing Sulfuric, Muriatic or Hydrochloric Acid.
  • Bottles or jars with rubber tubing attached.
  • Glass cookware or frying pans containing a powdery residue.
  • An unusually large number of cans of Camp Fuel, paint thinner, acetone, starter fluid, Lye, and drain cleaners containing Sulfuric Acid or bottles containing Muriatic Acid.
  • Large amounts of lithium batteries, especially ones that have been stripped.
  • Soft silver or gray metallic ribbon (in chunk form) stored in oil or Kerosene.
  • Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue.
  • Occupants of residence going outside to smoke.
  • Strong smell of urine, or unusual chemical smells like ether, ammonia or acetone.
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