Meth Lab Cleanup in Washington
Pioneers of state certified meth lab cleanup in Washington leading the way since 2000.
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, BCI removes the sources of contamination and then decontaminates the area, making it a safe environment once again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Methamphetamine is produced in what are commonly referred to as meth labs. These facilities are not legitimate laboratories, but rather homemade setups lacking essential safety features. The ingredients for cooking meth can be easily obtained from local stores, and recipes for making meth can be found online. Some of these ingredients are household products that when combined and cooked, chemical reactions occur, often resulting in hazardous and unpredictable outcomes. Meth labs are notorious for causing chemical fires, releasing toxic gasses, and even triggering explosions. However, meth house cleaning can help remove these harmful contaminants from your space and prevent any further exposure.
Meth laboratories can be found virtually anywhere, from homes and trailers to vehicles and motel rooms. It’s possible to live next door to one without realizing its existence. It’s important to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement for investigation. Some signs indicating the presence of a meth lab include:
- Windows blacked out
- Accumulation of trash containing items like drain cleaners, duct tape, antifreeze containers, and red-stained coffee filters
- Frequent visitors, especially at night
- Strong odors resembling ammonia
- Presence of items such as Freon, Heet Lye, Drano, starting fluid, ether, battery acid, rock salt, and hot plates
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
Often, Bio Clean Inc encounters individuals who mistakenly believe that having a meth lab on their property is worse than the actual usage of methamphetamine within their premises. BCI aims to dispel this myth and provide meth lab cleanup. Both the contaminants from meth production and the residue from meth usage pose equally significant threats to both individuals and properties. While each presents its own set of risks, the meth residue resulting from usage (smoking) is just as harmful as the residue left behind from manufacturing.
The process of manufacturing or cooking meth is inherently dangerous and toxic. Improper disposal of the byproducts leads to a persistent toxic presence in any area where the manufacturing occurred.
For every pound of methamphetamine produced, five to seven pounds of chemical waste are generated. These byproducts include hazardous substances such as hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, chloroform, and numerous other poisonous compounds. These chemicals pose serious risks to people, pets, and wildlife.
Even after the lab has been dismantled, the residue remains present and can cause harmful side effects for anyone entering the property, including but not limited to:
- Itchy and sore eyes and skin
- Respiratory and breathing problems
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.
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, title or interest in the property must also be notified.
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.
BCI uses the wipe method for sampling along with photo documentation of every area tested. The wipes are then sent to a local, accredited laboratory for testing and the results are sent back to BCI where a report for the client is generated.
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.
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.
Why Choose BCI?
BCI is a leader in meth lab cleanup in Washington State. Recognized for our customer service, we explain the process to you from start to finish so you are aware of all that is involved before we even start working. Personal information is always kept confidential. BCI is here for you, not for headlines or sensationalism. Our team see what our clients go through and understand that this is a very difficult time. We offer only our best and utmost diligence to restoring your property to usability. With over 22 years of experience and knowledge, we are the company you want helping you in your time of need.
Our staff here at Bio Clean, Inc. provides services seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We work closely with your home owner’s insurance so that we can take care of as much of the stress as possible in your time of need. Our response time is immediate, and our professionalism is unmatched. We work discreetly, efficiently, and effectively.