The media in New Zealand has widely publicised the behaviour of citizens under the influence of the drug ’P’ (Pure Methamphetamine). What is less well known is the effect Methamphetamine contamination has on property and the associated health effects on humans and pets as the direct result of exposure to harmful methamphetamine chemicals.
A committee of industry professionals gathered regularly to create an updated standard for the testing and decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated homes. The 1.5ug limit was voted and agreed upon. You can download the standard here –
We generally run to a two week lead time and will generally complete a job in 1-5 days depending on the scope.
It is entirely up to you. The guideline is set extremely low with little research around smoking contamination (likely reason for low contamination readings). It is of our belief that anything under 0.5ug is perfectly safe.
No. Different building materials respond differently to contamination, some can be cleaned and some can’t. Anpure have hundreds of successful decontamination results on hand, we can tell you what works and what doesn’t.
No, the majority of homes are contaminated by methamphetamine use and do not leave behind any noticeable odours. In some cases a house that has been used to cook poor quality meth can leave behind a smell similar to cat urine.
- Painted over or blacked out windows
- Excessive signs (Beware of Dog, Private Property)
- Extra security measures on doors, such as padlocks, bolts or other extreme measures to keep people out of a particular room or section of the home
- Fire Pits around the property
- Graffiti in a particular room or the garage
- Erratic and strange behaviour by tenants
- Lots of foot traffic in and out of a property
While it is more commonly found in these areas and in rental units, there have been multi-million dollar homes/hotels that have tested positive for meth contamination.
Health risks can range from headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, allergy type symptoms, respiratory problems, excessive and unexplained nose bleeds, behavioural and neurological disorders in children and even birth defects. There are also known carcinogens in meth that can cause cancer to those exposed.
Although it is not widely publicised, liability for health issues among people using the premises will fall upon the owner. This will become more apparent as the media in NZ picks up on all angles of the Meth epidemic.
Only in cases where a large amount of contamination has occurred does drywall need to be removed. An advanced independent laboratory test will return a report stating exactly what level of contamination has occurred and some will offer you a remediation guideline.
No. While this temporarily encapsulates the contamination, in time the residue will bleed through all paints and primers. Methamphetamine labs use explosive substances and leave highly toxic residues from fumes and chemicals that permeate walls, carpet, wood and plaster.
Yes. We absolutely minimise the use of chemicals to prevent further toxins entering your property.
Yes, we will do as much or as little as the client requests, from cleaning and strip out, to complete reinstatement.
Put together any evidence you may have and call the NZ Police.
EarthworksEven if no contamination exists, when a house is removed there is work required to level the site, remove waste and get the ground ready for construction.
House RemovalsSiteco works closely with a range of house removal companies. If a dwelling can be moved off site and onsold we can facilitate this on behalf of the client.
Demolition & DeconstructionResidential and commercial demolition and deconstruction of house materials so they can be reused or disposed of.
Asbestos and Contaminated Soil RemovalFacilitate the required testing and safely remove all contamination prior to demolition. We have over 10 years of experience safely demolishing contaminated and fire damaged properties.