HUNDREDS of investment properties across Queensland could be meth time bombs with experts warning clean up costs could run into the thousands.
Australia’s meth use has tripled in the past five years, and according to one industry testing group that means the number of clandestine drug labs would also be on the rise.
Bryan Goodall, the national sales manager for Octief, environmental and occupational hygienists, which test properties for chemical residue from methamphetamines, said it was a growing issue.
Some home buyers were so concerned about it they included meth testing in their home purchase due diligence, along with the standard building and pest inspections.
Mr Goodall said there were some tell take signs a home had been used for drug manufacture.
The biggest sign was an unusual chemical smell.