The meth issue
Methamphetamine contamination is a growing problem for New Zealanders, especially for those in the property market. Whether you’re buying a property, or a property you currently own is contaminated, Chemcare has the experience and expertise to clear your meth contamination affordably. It’s important that you keep the possibility of meth contamination in mind as it is becoming more common.
Our meth cleaning experience
Chemcare has IICRC certified technicians who have a range of experiences in the industry. This includes dealing with minor precautionary cleans to full meth lab strip-outs. With over 2 decades of experience collectively, our team is very experienced in the meth remediation industry and want nothing more than for you to get back into your property, safe and sound.
The meth report
Chemcare require detailed meth reports so that every room can be brought to a habitable standard again. The meth test reveals contamination levels in each room, which rules out the unnecessary need to strip out rooms that have low or negligible levels of meth. With the release of the NZS8510 new meth standard, we know that rooms in high use are safe up to 1.5µg per 100cm2, and limited use areas (which are difficult to access, and unlikely to be accessed by children) have a higher allowance of meth contamination, are safe up to 3.8µg per 100cm. From this test, and after a site visit, we will be able to provide you with a full scope of work, so you can see exactly what will be happening in your property.
Areas we cover for meth cleaning:
Bay of Islands,
Wellington, Palmerston North,
Meth contamination and the LIM report
Normally meth only shows if the police have been involved or if there is confirmation that meth has been cooked. There have been instances where tenants got a meth test on the property and it came back as positive. They felt that their landlord/property manager was not fully disclosing and as a result, sent their copies of the test reports to their local council.
On the other hand, once the local Council receives information that a methamphetamine lab has been discovered, the information is recorded on the property’s Land Information Memorandum (LIM). The local authorities are obliged to store this information and the information would normally stay with the LIM report. Once the authorities get involved, your property is likely to stay with this LIM notification. This is why it’s better to test and decontaminate before it gets too late and you’re left with an ongoing problem.
Meth clean up at lower levels of contamination
At lower levels of meth contamination (up to levels of 1.5micrograms per 100cm2), our technicians can decontaminate your property to a habitable standard with a precautionary meth clean. This is often referred to as a ‘triple-clean process’. The benefit of this is the cleaning solutions we use won’t leave any nasty residue after we’ve finished the clean. So when the property is returned to you, you can be assured it is safe.
Meth clean up at high levels of contamination
At high levels of meth contamination, our technicians will need to undertake a site visit to see the extent of damage. In most cases our team will be able to bring down the meth levels in the property by using specialised cleaning solutions and equipment. However, at levels deemed high enough, some stripping out of building materials may be necessary. It’s important to note that houses with high levels of meth contamination will probably be deemed as ‘uninhabitable’. It’s important that at this time you have somewhere else you can stay while the property is being decontaminated.
What can be disposed of, and
what will have to go?
Only hard non-porous items can be decontaminated. Such as, plaster board and ceiling, subfloors, hard surface flooring, doors, cabinets, countertops, metal ductwork, furnaces etc. Items to be removed and disposed of would be carpet, carpet underlay, drop ceiling tiles, acoustical ceiling tiles, insulated ductwork, and exposed insulation.
If you want to know how we can help you, call us on 0800 800 646 or contact us to see how we can help you.