Meth Lab Assessment, Clean Up and Decontamination Services
Meth labs can be found anywhere and proper clean-up is necessary to protect the health of building occupants. United uses standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up and decontaminate your property in a safe, effective manner – always in strict accordance with federal and state regulations and guidelines.
If not already completed, United will perform a thorough pre-assessment of your property prior to any decontamination efforts to identify hazardous materials and surface contamination associated with Meth labs and use.
Meth labs are clandestine or secret, where methamphetamine is manufactured (cooked), stored and/or used. Meth labs can be found anywhere. They have been discovered in abandoned and occupied buildings, trailers, homes, apartments, hotels and other businesses in rural areas and small towns, large cities and suburban neighborhoods. Residual meth contamination from former Meth Labs or even Meth Use can remain on surfaces throughout the home long after those responsible are gone resulting in toxic residues, fumes and vapors. Potentially deadly chemicals can enter the body by inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin. Meth use and the production of meth can cause serious health problems not only in the users, but also to home buyers and property managers who are unintentionally or unknowingly exposed. The toxicity can cause skin irritations, respiratory problems and adverse health effects to vital organs. Due to lack of disclosure laws during the Real Estate transaction process, thousands of properties are contaminated and re-sold.
Using the right remediation contractor is an essential and key part of any meth lab clean up and decontamination project. Hiring an experienced, insured and certified contractor is your only assurance that a healthy indoor environment will be restored to the property you own or manage. When it comes to professional Meth Lab Clean Up services, United has some of the most experienced and efficient technicians in the industry dedicated to the health and safety of your family and/or residents occupying the properties you manage.
It is important to know how to spot a meth lab and to know what to do if you suspect you have encountered one. If you suspect that you may be buying or even managing properties that have been former Meth Labs or have been or are occupied by Meth Users, call United for a free consultation.
What to look for:
- Unusual, strong odors (like ammonia, ether, acetone or other chemicals).
- Windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, plywood, sheets, blankets, etc.
- Unusual behavior of tenants often denying access to the dwelling. Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
- Lots of traffic – people coming and going at unusual times especially at night.
- Excessive trash including large amounts of antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, Heet (gas line antifreeze) containers, red or rust stained coffee filters, drain cleaner, blister-packs from cold medicines, match books, lithium batteries, empty salt containers, microwave ovens, camp stoves, and duct tape.
- Glass containers, i.e., mason jars, lab beakers, etc.
- Propane tanks with corroded valves
- Secretive / protective area surrounding the residence (video cameras, alarm systems, guard dogs, reinforced doors, electrified fencing).
- Persons exiting the structure to smoke
Common items used in manufacturing meth:
- Anhydrous ammonia commonly stored in propane tanks (corroded or blue / green tinged valves)
- Red phosphorous
- Over-the-counter cold medicines such as Sudafed in the blister packs
- Lithium batteries, match books, camp fuel, Heet
- Rock salt, iodine, peroxide, alcohol (there are over 160 chemicals that can be used in the manufacturing process)
- Coffee filters, funnels, plastic tubing, mason jars
- Camp stoves, microwaves
What to do if you suspect a meth lab:
- Call law enforcement immediately – 911
- Do not attempt to handle the situation or alert the suspects of your suspicions.
- Do not enter the property or touch anything associated with a lab. Breathing the fumes or handing items associated with a meth production lab can be harmful and even cause death. Drug labs should be entered only by trained professionals with the proper protective equipment including suits, boots, gloves and respirators.
- If you suspect you LIVE in a former meth lab, vacate the premises immediately until it has been tested. Check with local law enforcement to know if your home was involved in a Meth raid and check the DEA’s list of former meth labs.