Many Australians are now becoming aware of the meth crisis in Australia. We have the highest number of users per capita, of all the English speaking countries, and is rising rapidly. It is potent central nervous system and mostly uses for recreation drugs. Methamphetamine has scientific formula C10H15N and it is very important for home inspection. Contamination can be caused by labs, though is most likely due to smokers. Users who smoke regularly, can produce a contamination reading as high as labs.
Because contamination is odorless and invisible, it is scary just not knowing if a home is safe for inhabitants. There are many factors and risks to consider. For example, If you are renting out properties to tenants, it is important to consider the health of the families moving into the rental home. This also applies if you are the tenant renting the property.
Australia considers a reading above 0.5 micro-grams to an 100cm square space unacceptable. Any reading above this number must be re-mediated. Sometimes your insurance does not cover the cost to do so, and in many cases the compensation falls short of the actual cost to treat the property. There highest contamination bill we have heard of has come to $60,000. The decontamination process often includes, but not limited to replacing curtains and carpets, wall linings, air conditioners, repainting, and installation. Early detection can reduce the extent of damage caused.
CONTAMINATION CAN BE EXTENSIVE
DECONTAMINATION CAN BE EXPENSIVE
Of course the most worrisome risks are those to you and your
families health. It’s important to know how contamination can affect
you and what symptoms to look out for. The highest at risk are young
children, pregnant women, and people who suffer respiratory
difficulties. Symptoms include:-
-Eye and skin irritation
-Respiratory problems, especially for those suffering from asthma
-Sleep pattern changes in children
-Behavioral problems in young children
-Increased susceptibility to illness
There have been reports of Perth properties reading at 13,000 times the safe levels. There is legislation in action making it mandatory for properties to be tested periodically. The suburbs with the highest results for contamination are Rockingham, Armadale and Mandurah.