How do I recognize a Meth Lab?
First, it's important to understand that Meth Labs can vary in size, complexity, and method, and can essentially be anywhere. Ingredients used to create Meth consist of everyday items that can be purchased at local retail or hardware stores, and in fact, you no doubt have many of the ingredients under your Kitchen sink! There are however some things that you can look for in order to spot a Meth Lab, such as cold tablets containing ephedrine or pseudoepherine, or equipment such as a two-liter bottle with a white granular substance in the bottom, or hoses coming out of the cap.
What should I do if I suspect the presence of a Meth Lab?
DO NOT ENTER THE STRUCTURE. We cannot stress enough the dangers present in a Meth Lab. The manufacturing process for Meth is incredibly dangerous and hazardous. If you believe that you have discovered a Meth Lab, immediately contact Law Enforcement, who will be able to assess the situation and determine if the property is in fact safe.
Am I able to find out if a property was ever contaminated with Meth?
There is unfortunately no list of properties that have been decontaminated, or of properties that have been investigated. Local Law Enforcement may be able to provide you with some additional information if they were directly involved in an investigation however, this information may be limited or incomplete.
Is there testing available?
Yes, lab testing is able to determine if there is Meth exposure at a property. Look for a tester that offers this service and does not also perform the mitigation and remediation, as that is generally viewed as a conflict of interest. Disaster Blaster does not perform Meth Lab Testing, however may be able to assist you in locating a local tester able to perform this service for you. Testing also must be completed after the remediation process has been completed, and the results provided to the Decontamination Contractor. This is done not only to ensure that the property is now safe, but to document that the remediation process was successful.
Once the manufacturing equipment and materials have been removed, is the property safe?
No. The process of cooking Meth creates numerous byproducts and contaminants that will be left behind. It is necessary to have a professional Meth Lab Decontamination Company properly clean and decontaminate the structure, returning it to a safe living environment. This decontamination is quite thorough, as the process of making Meth contaminates ceilings, walls, and floors, as well as anything within the structure… The Decontamination Company should be able to advise as to what may be able to be decontaminated versus discarded.
What are the health effects of not having Meth properly remediated? What are the concerns?
Over time, exposure to Methamphetamine residue and VOC's (Volatile Organic Compound) can result in health effects similar to those that occur in Meth users. These health effects include but are not limited to nervousness, paranoia, rapid or irregular heart beat, mood swings, etc. Long term exposure to Methamphetamine residue can lead to longterm and permanent health effects.
We hope you found this helpful! Should you have further questions about Meth Lab Remediation or have a need for these services, please don't hesitate to Contact Us!
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