Illegal drug use, especially ice is having a shocking impact on Queensland’s property market.
Crystal methamphetamine is costing Australia an estimated $4.4 billion a year(1), with the number of regular addicts who use ice as their main form of methamphetamine soaring 35 per cent (to 57 per cent) in the past year(2).
There are many short-term health effects associated with exposure to meth residue, including headaches, nausea, burning skin, dizziness, breathing difficulty, sleeplessness and behavioural issues.
Long term, prolonged exposure to meth residue also increases the risk of cancer, damage to kidneys and liver, birth defects and even death.
Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said landlords and real estate agents who value their tenants will adopt meth testing.
“The use of ice is on the rise and a large number of illegal drug labs have been found all over the Queensland, especially in residential areas,” Mr Davis said.
“The health consequences of contamination in a home can be very serious, and young children are particularly at risk.
“The presence of dangerous levels of meth in a property can also have a serious impact on your rental property.
“As a MethSolutions Certified Samplers, the Smoke Alarm Solutions team will assist buyers, investors, property managers and home owners with the management of meth contamination in their properties.”
Mr Davis also warned against using infield - instant answer - testing kits, which have a history of providing incorrect readings for the presence of meth.
“Not all meth testing protocols are the same,” Mr Davis said.
“Smoke Alarm Solutions will use lab based testing to ensure accuracy and give buyers, investors, property managers and home owners peace of mind.
“Unfortunately, some operators use cheap, internet available options like the infield - instant answer - testing kits to test for meth.
“In many instances, these kits have stated meth is both present when it is not and vice versa, raising serious questions as to the validity of this testing method.”
In cases of mild contamination, a property may be cleaned effectively and quickly, so levels are within the Australian Government guidelines.
In extreme cases, decontamination can cost tens of thousands and require removal of carpet, curtains, plaster boards and electrical wiring.
Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry.
The company provides a comprehensive risk-mitigation service down Australia’s eastern seaboard, which ensures landlords do adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care requirements and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire.
Meth Screen, is a leading provider of meth testing and meth risk management services.
Meth Screen offers a reliable service in which can determine the presence of meth in a property and help ensure an occupants’ safety and the integrity of a landlord’s investment.
As a Meth Screen Certified Sampler, Smoke Alarm Solutions will test properties for residual meth contaminants.
To arrange a meth screening, please email us [email protected] or click the appropriate link below.
1Australian Institute of Criminology
2Cracks in the Ice / Australian Government