Moving into a meth lab can wreak havoc on your health and your finances. Just ask these folks! (They will answer, “Moving into a meth lab can wreak havoc on your health and your finances.”) Avoid this costly fate when buying a new house by checking your property for meth residue before you close. You can buy a kit online ($55), but you can save that $55 and know for free if you know what to look for.
SIGNS YOU MIGHT LIVE IN A METH LAB, courtesy The Utah Department of Health:
• “A large amount of cold tablet containers that list Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine as ingredients.”
• “Jars containing clear liquid with a white or red colored solid on the bottom.”
• “Jars labeled as containing iodine or dark shiny metallic purple crystals inside of jars.”
• “Jars labeled as containing Red Phosphorus or a fine dark red or purple powder.”
• “Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red sludge, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.”
• “Bottles labeled as containing Sulfuric, Muriatic or Hydrochloric Acid.
Bottles or jars with rubber tubing attached.”
• “Glass cookware or frying pans containing a powdery residue.”
• “An unusually large number of cans of Camp Fuel, paint thinner, acetone, starter fluid, Lye, and drain cleaners containing Sulfuric Acid or bottles containing Muriatic Acid.”
• “Large amounts of lithium batteries, especially ones that have been stripped.”
• “Soft silver or gray metallic ribbon (in chunk form) stored in oil or Kerosene.”
• “Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue.”
• “Occupants of residence going outside to smoke.”
• “Strong smell of urine, or unusual chemical smells like ether, ammonia or acetone.”
• You are cooking meth, in the place where you live.