Pioneers of state certified meth lab cleanup in Washington leading the way since 2000.”
Meth Lab Cleanup in Washington
Bio Clean, Inc. has been working in Washington State to decontaminate and cleanup meth lab sites since 2000. As a state-certified meth lab remediation contractor, Bio Clean removes the sources of contamination and then decontaminates the area, making it a safe environment once again.
What is Meth?
Methamphetamine is a street drug commonly called “meth.” Meth is a highly addictive drug that results in a variety of health problems not only for the user, but also for anyone who is exposed to it secondhand. This includes the maker of the methamphetamine and any who are in close proximity to someone who is manufacturing meth.
Once a space or area has been contaminated with methamphetamine residue, it must be decontaminated. A residue and residual amount of the harmful chemicals remains behind to damage the health of those still occupying the space.
When meth is smoked, snorted, swallowed, or injected it can result in:
- Damage to the liver
- Kidney problems
- Lung disorders
- Psychological illness
- When injected, infectious diseases can result from contaminated needles
- Some of the short term side effects:
- Loss of memory
- Chest pain and/or shortness of breath
- Twitches, jerking,
- Itchy, burning skin or eyes
Methamphetamine is a man-made stimulant that is a combination of many chemicals, and the drug itself varies greatly in chemical composition based on the recipe used to manufacture it. Meth can be pink, red white, brown, or shades of yellow or green. It is produced in many forms, including 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 a property has been used as a meth lab, then it must be decontaminated otherwise the residue it leaves behind (in carpet, drapes, on surfaces such as blinds, walls, counters, etc.) can harm anyone residing on the property.
What is a meth lab?
The meth lab is where methamphetamine is produced. These labs are not legitimate laboratories, but rather homemade versions that lack many important safety features.
The materials used to cook meth can be bought at local stores, and anyone can go online to find the recipes for making meth. Some of the ingredients are actually household products that, when used properly, are safe. When these substances are mixed with other ingredients and cooked, though, chemical reactions occur. The result is often hazardous and unpredictable. Meth labs are known to cause chemical fires, toxic gases, and even explosions. Additionally, liquid and solid wastes are also produced in the process, and these byproducts can contaminate buildings, groundwater, and soil.
Meth laboratories can be found virtually anywhere. They may be located in a home, trailer, vehicle, or motel room. Sometimes, people live next door to one without knowing it exists. Be aware of the signs and report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement for investigation. Some signs of a meth lab are:
- Blacked out windows
- Lots of trash with items such as drain cleaners, duct tape, antifreeze containers, coffee filters 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 is dangerous and toxic. The byproducts created as a result of the process are not disposed of properly and leave a lingering toxic footprint on any area in which the manufacturing occurred.
Five to seven pounds of chemical waste results from each pound of methamphetamine produced. Some of these chemical byproducts include hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, chloroform, and many other poisonous compounds. These chemicals are harmful to people, pets, and wildlife. Even after the lab has been disbanded, if not decontaminated properly, people who may move in can be susceptible to:
- 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 from the site itself to surrounding areas as well.
Do you suspect your property has been contaminated?
Did law enforcement or neighbors tell you that your tenants are doing meth inside your rental property? Did you find signs of a meth lab in your structure or on your property? Have the property tested to be sure. We offer testing.
When the determination is made that a property has been contaminated, no portion of the property can be used until decontamination has occurred. A notification is posted on the property to prevent anyone from entering the area. 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.
After a meth lab is found, law enforcement will seize all paraphernalia associated with the lab. Law enforcement will collect as much evidence as is present, and then the area is off-limits. Any structures (if the lab were found in a home, trailer, or other structure, for example) needs to be decontaminated by certified professionals.
Bio Clean, Inc. is a leader in meth lab cleanup in Washington State. Recognized for their customer service, they explain the process to you from start to finish so you are aware of all that is involved. Personal information is always kept confidential. Bio Clean is here for you, not for headlines or sensationalism. Theresa and her team see what their clients go through and understand that this is a very difficult time. They offer only their best and utmost diligence to restoring your property to usability.
Bio Clean’s meth lab cleanup process is regulated by WISHA, OSHA, and certified by The Washington State Health Department. They are licensed, insured, and bonded. Remediation services include:
- Site inspection — Every 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 cleaning, it is necessary to identify any additional hazards that may be present. This process includes reading the law enforcement reports to learn which chemicals were used. That information is used to determine the safest and most cost-effective approach to decontamination. (Health Department Agency will often test the home and make a report for law enforcement.)
- Cleaning — Bio Clean’s highly-trained and certified technicians will dispose of anything that could have absorbed the toxic chemicals used in the meth lab. This ranges from carpeting, furniture, and light fixtures to flooring and drywall. In some cases, the plumbing, A/C, or heating systems may also need remediation. In addition, Bio Clean’s team will remove yard debris.
- Post-cleaning testing and reports — The home or structure must be retested and certified as usable. You will receive the reports reflecting the results of the tests to keep for your records.
The staff at Bio Clean, Inc. provides services seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Their response time is immediate, and their professionalism is unmatched. They work discreetly, efficiently, and effectively.