Methamphetamine and the Home Inspector

Submitted by AaronLore on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:33.
Methamphetamine and the Home Inspector
 I am a home inspector and I belong to the Northern Colorado Chapter of ASHI. As members of ASHI we have to earn 20 hours of continuing education credits throughout the year to fulfill our requirements to be a member. At our last meeting Doug Griffith from Bio-Clean of Colorado talked to the NCC-ASHI members about Meth mitigation and things we might look for when we perform a home inspection. I was more than just a little surprised to hear that 6 out of 10 rental properties that have been tested turn out to be positive for previous meth use. That ½ microgram per centimeter is the state limit after that the property will have to be mitigated. To achieve that limit someone would only have to smoke 2 or 3 bowls of meth. A few of the things Doug mentioned for us to watch out for were:
1)      Brass fixtures that are decomposing
2)      Etching in porcelain sinks
3)      Etching at sink traps
4)      Discoloration at electrical outlet and switch plates (because meth is drawn to electrical parts).
5)      Iodine colored stains at underneath side of subfloor
6)      Blue colored stain at propane valves. (BBQ propane bottles)
To contact Doug Griffith at Bio-Clean call: 970-686-5015
or e-mail at
 Because of the cost of having a meth inspection and test done you might say “they sell test swabs for meth, I’ll just get some of these and save some money”. Wrong, those test swabs are not certified and all they will do is giving you a result that means nothing. In order to know for sure you will have to have an industrial hygienist test your property. 
 Now that I know when I walk into a home and get that sharp metallic taste in my mouth or notice any of the signs I will immediately put on my facemask with a P-100 filter, latex gloves, and a full body plastic suit w/booties. And when I’m done I will need to get rid of everything including the facemask filters so I don’t carry some of the material home with me. 
From your local home inspector Aaron Lore 970-590-9197 or

Aaron inspects homes, commercial and rural properties in: Estes Park, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont Co., and Cheyenne Wy.
Submitted by AaronLore on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:33.