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Meth Lab Cleanup

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine, commonly called “meth,” is a highly addictive drug which can result in severe health problems, not only for the user, but anyone who is exposed to it secondhand. When meth is smoked, snorted, swallowed, or injected it can result in:
  • Damage to the liver
  • Kidney problems
  • Lung  disorders
  • Psychological illness
  • Coma
  • Death
  • When injected, infectious diseases can result from contaminated needles

Some of the short term side effects:

  • Loss of memory
  • Aggressiveness
  • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath
  • Twitches, jerking, 
  • Itchy, burning skin or eyes
This man-made stimulant can be pink, red white, brown, or shades of yellow or green. It is produced in the form of pills, powder, or chunks.  It is referred to as “ice”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “crank”, “glass”, and “speed.”

It can also be a potential threat to new renters or homeowners if there is residual toxic waste.

What is a meth lab?

The meth lab is where methamphetamine is produced. The materials used to “cook” meth can be bought at local stores and the “recipes” for making it can be found on the internet. Some of the ingredients are actually household products that, when used properly, are safe. When these substances are mixed with other ingredients and cooked chemical reactions occur and often can turn hazardous causing chemical fires, toxic gases, and even explosions. In addition, liquid and solid wastes are also byproducts that can contaminate buildings, groundwater, or soil.

Meth labs can be found virtually anywhere. They may be located in a home, trailer, or motel room. Sometimes people next door to one without knowing it exists.  Some signs of a meth lab are:
  • Blacked out windows
  • Lots of trash that has items such as drain cleaners, duct tape, antifreeze containers, coffee filters that are chemically stained red
  • In and out people traffic, especially at night
  • Strong odors like ammonia
  • Items such as Freon, “Heet” Lye, Drano, starting fluid, ether, battery acid, rock salt, hot plates

Lingering Effects of Meth Manufacturing

Manufacturing or “cooking” meth has resulting byproducts that are lingering and toxic. Five to seven pounds of chemical waste result from each pound of methamphetamine produced. Some of these chemicals are hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, chloroform and many other poisonous compounds. Even after the lab has been disbanded, if not decontaminated properly, people who may move in can be susceptible to:
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Itchy and sore eyes and skin 
  • Respiratory and breathing problems
In some cases, local water supplies can be contaminated, forest areas can be damaged, and even livestock can get sick and die.

The meth lab site is host to a myriad of problems. The entire structure and its contents are potentially contaminated - from furniture to drywall to plumbing. It is also possible for the contamination to spread out from the site itself.

Condemning the Structure

The local health department is the entity that determines if a property has been contaminated by meth. When the determination is made, no portion of the property can be used; a notification is posted on the property. The health department must make verbal notification within one working day to the state health department of the determination. This must be followed up with written notification within 1 working day. All occupants of the property and all people who have a recorded right estate, lien, tittle or interest in the property must also be notified.

 WAC 246-205-540.
 WAC 246-205-550.
 WAC 246-205-560

Cleanup

After a meth lab is found and seized by law enforcement, the structure needs to be decontaminated by professionals. Bio Clean, Inc. is a leader in cleaning up meth labs. Recognized for our customer service we explain the process to you from start to finish so you are aware of all that is involved. Personal information is always kept confidential

We are regulated by WISHA and certified by The Washington State Health Department. We are licensed, insured and bonded.   Our remediation –services include:
  • Site inspection – Each meth lab cleanup is different. The purpose of the site inspection is to determine the most effective method to decontaminate the premises. Before beginning the cleanup it is necessary to identify any additional hazards that may be present. We read the law enforcement reports to learn which chemical s were used. We use this information to determine the safest and most cost effective method to use. (Health Department Agency will often test the home and make a report for law enforcement)
  • Cleanup – Our highly-trained and certified technicians at Bio Clean, Inc. will dispose of anything that could have absorbed the toxic chemicals used in the meth lab. This ranges from carpeting, furniture, light fixtures to flooring, and drywall. In some cases, the plumbing, A/C, or heating systems may need to be remediated. In addition, our team will remove yard debris. 
  • Post cleanup testing and  reports
Our staff at Bio Clean provides services seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Our response time is immediate, our professionalism is unmatched. We work discreetly, efficiently, and effectively. When your circumstances warrant meth lab cleanup, call us at 888-412-6300.

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