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What is required for bidding a meth decontamination / remediation job?

When a property owner first discovers that their home contains methamphetamine contamination they often become distressed, confused, and even angry.   Many are puzzled by how the property became contaminated in the first place.  Low levels of meth residue can accumulate from someone smoking/inhaling meth over a short period of time which may include visitors or guests, a contractor doing work in your home, or even someone breaking into the property.   Also, methamphetamine residue does not dissipate quickly; a property that was busted as a meth lab ten or even fifteen years ago could still test positive.  However, the property became contaminated it is now a priority to have the meth cleaned up and create a healthy living environment again.

Meth clean up or decontamination process involves several steps which can vary with each property depending upon the circumstances.  These circumstances include:

1)  The size of the property/square footage,

2)  The amount of belongings/debris inside the property,

3)  The cleanliness of the property,

4)  The amount of porous material to be disposed of,

5)  The number of furnaces,

6)  The level or amount of residue found during pre-testing,

7)  The property location, and

8)  The number of post tests required.

First, the property size is important because all the surfaces need to be scrubbed and rinsed multiple times including walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, countertops, etc.  Sometimes property information sites such as Zillow and Trulia only list the square footage above ground leaving out the basement, but the entire square footage including all floors and basement is required to calculate the cost of meth clean up.

Second, the amount of belongings or debris inside the property.  Sometimes a property is sold as is with the previous owners debris remaining or a drug bust has landed tenants in […]

By |January 26th, 2015|Meth Remover, Methamphetamine Remediation|Comments Off on What is required for bidding a meth decontamination / remediation job?|

Meth Testing Done Properly

Meth testing is done to determine if someone has smoked methamphetamine in your home. If someone smoked meth in your home 3 times, there can be left over residue.  It is recommended that any new buyers or renters test their new home, to keep the residents safe.

Call AEI Decon for your meth testing kit today. It’s easy, and worth knowing if your home is safe or not.

Supplies you need:

Rubber gloves
Gauze sponges
Testing template, which Is 100 centimeters squared available at any testing company
Wetting agent – we use isopropyl alcohol at least 95% grade or methanol
Pen and sharpie
Tape for template

 

Step 1

Take out gauze- fold it in half, then half again. (You can use 4 different corners to use 4 different tests)

 

Step 2

Use wetting agent to get gauze wet, use get enough to get it wet

 

Step 3

Wipe Up and down 5 times, then left and right 5 times

Great places to test:

Cold air return
Master bedroom, just above the best (most people like to use meth in their room)
Furnace, where the filter was, near the fan all air travels through the furnace
Outside of heat and air conditioning vents
Vents near bathrooms and kitchen range hood. (They get humidity and grease, and meth sticks to it)

 

Step 4

Once you’ve done the four samples, but them in the tube, and send to local lab.

Have questions about meth testing? Need remediation? Or Meth remover product?

Call 801-336-4151 or check out our Meth clean up page

By |November 10th, 2014|Meth Remover, Methamphetamine Remediation|Comments Off on Meth Testing Done Properly|

How to Clean Up From Meth Lab Exposure

Correct cleaning of a property must be done if it has tested positive for mold. We provide meth removal and cleaning products that improve your safety and health while living in the home. If the property was seized by law enforcement, professionals are typically called in to handle the hazardous materials. However, not all agencies use the appropriate chemicals to clean-up the toxic lab wastes.
Air out the Property
When a property is condemned for meth, it is common for the property to be locked up for months. Always allow the property to air out for a week or longer before you enter it to clean it.
Removing Walls and Carpeting
Although cleaning with the right chemicals can clean up the toxic elements, removal of the carpeting and wallboards is normally required. The toxic chemicals will become embedded within these materials, which is dangerous to your health. After proper cleaning or removal of the wallboards, add a thick barrier of paint, linoleum, or epoxy. Our meth removal product is designed in a 2-part series to correctly eradicate any traces of meth in a properly cleaned area.
Wear Protective Clothing
Protective clothing is an essential element of effective meth removal. Wear gloves, long-sleeves, eyewear, and respirators. Everything use for cleaning will be considered contaminated and must be properly disposed of to prevent toxic vapors from forming.
Checking the Property
Upon completion of the cleaning process, the property must be checked for any additional stains or problems related to meth. Contact Apple Environmental if you have questions related to meth removal and cleaning.

By |September 28th, 2014|Meth Remover|Comments Off on How to Clean Up From Meth Lab Exposure|

Health Consequences From Meth Lab Exposure

Many of the contaminants present during meth’s cooking process can
be harmful if someone is exposed to them. These contaminants can
cause health problems including respiratory (breathing) problems,
skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Acute
(short-term) exposures to high concentrations of some of these
chemicals, such as those law enforcement officers face when they
first enter a lab, can cause severe health problems including lung damage and burns to
different parts of the body.
There is little known about the health effects from chronic (long-term) exposure to
contaminants left behind after a meth lab is dismantled. Until the contaminants have
been identified, their quantities measured, and their health effects known, Federal Regulations
advises property owners to exercise caution and use the safest possible cleaning
practices in dealing with a former meth lab property and any possible remaining
contamination.

By |August 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Health Consequences From Meth Lab Exposure|

How can you find out if a property has been used to make meth?

Currently, there is no comprehensive method for tracking or listing properties that were
used as meth labs. You should call your local law enforcement agency to
confirm that a seizure of chemicals took place on the property, and to
obtain the name of any hazardous materials contractor who may have
removed materials. The contractor should have information on what
chemicals were present on the property. Additional information may be
obtained from your county health department, fire department, or the owner
of the property.

By |July 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How can you find out if a property has been used to make meth?|

Got Mold: What You Need to Know!

We hear reports all the time about how dangerous mold is and how it can kill you. There was a story in the news not too long about a small leak from a refrigerator that caused mold to build up until it overtook the entire home, and caused severe health issues like brain damage to the owners living in the home. With so many types of mold, it can be scary to think that you might have mold growing in your home that can be toxic to your family.  What steps can homeowners take to prevent mold growth in their home or apartment complex?
Eliminate Water Sources
Water can easily get into just about every area of the home. If you had a pipe leak, always make sure it is replaced correctly; and the ceiling, carpet and other areas are allowed to dry out completely before you install new sheetrock. Mold thrives on growing in areas of the home where it is dark and moist. The bathroom is a place where mold is prominent. Always use the ventilation fan in the bathroom each day for 30-60 minutes. Check around the bathtub for signs of mold and mildew, and promptly clean it before it spreads.
Open Windows
If you notice mold and mildew starting to grow around the windows, open them daily to ventilate the home. It is wise to clean the mold around a window as quickly as possible as it could spread to the sheetrock and flooring.
Use Mold Cleaners
Use a mold cleaner if you detect mold around the windows, bathtub, water heater, and other areas of the home. Use special cleaners to get around the areas that are hard to reach like the cracks in the tile. […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Mold Remediation|Comments Off on Got Mold: What You Need to Know!|

Are You Living In A Former Meth Lab Home?

Shopping for a new home is an exciting process, but what happens when you find out your former home is a meth home? Having a neighbor tell you, “your home used to be a meth lab,” is disturbing to say the least. Was the home decontaminated correctly? A certificate from the local health department will prove a home was decontaminated, but there is still a concern about a former meth home.

 
Some homeowners have their new homes tested to find traces of methamphetamine still exist in the home. Common health problems can range from short-term issues to long-term health consequences. It can eventually lead to cancer in some individuals, and children are at a higher risk for health problems related to meth exposure due to their developing bodies.

 
When home meth labs are created, toxins are spread into every inch of the room and into other areas of the home. Carpeting, walls, drapery, air ducts, furniture, and the air is toxic. When Apple Environmental handles the decontamination process, we wear respirators and correct protective clothing to prevent health risks.

 
In many cases a home that has been used as a meth lab is deemed a hazardous waste site. The amount of chemicals removed from a meth lab is staggering. Proper procedure must be followed to remove the toxic influence of chemicals from the room. All surfaces must be scrubbed, walls must be repainted, carpeting and air filtration systems need to be replaced. The problem with meth lab cleanup is there is not currently a national standard. Some companies do not have adequate training to correctly treat and decontaminate a meth house.

 
Apple Environmental is Utah’s leader in meth cleanup. We have spent several years creating the right meth […]

By |May 5th, 2014|Meth Remover|Comments Off on Are You Living In A Former Meth Lab Home?|

Mold Testing

Home / Mold / Mold Testing

Mold testing is an important precaution to protect your home and the health of your family. Every home contains mold and the potential for mold to grow and cause structural damage as well as health hazards for your family. Keeping moisture accumulating areas well ventilated and keeping an eye out for physical symptoms of mold growth are important parts of preventing serious damage caused by mold.

Apple Environmental’s mold testing professionals are available to test your home or building for mold as soon as you suspect a mold problem. Early detection can prevent costly repairs and can prevent the mold growth from spreading and causing serious health problem. Although most adults have an immune system capable of fighting toxic mold, young children and the elderly are at high risk of serious health problems and even death if mold symptoms are left unnoticed.

  

Apple Environmental mold testing technology and procedures include:

Infrared (FLIR) Technology
Protimeter Measurements
ATP Swabs
Air Sampling
Surface Swabs

If you notice any mold or physical symptoms of mold growth in Utah, call Apple Environment for immediate mold testing at(801)336-4151.

What is a Meth Lab?

A meth lab can be set up in any house, apartment, hotel, restaurant, barn or other building. Common household chemicals are used to make methamphetamine, but when combined produce deadly toxins. Due to the flammable nature of the chemicals used to make meth, many labs are discovered after they have caught on fire.

 

  

Chemicals used in meth labs include:

Acetone
Alcohol
Fertilizer
Bleach
Battery Acid
Coleman Fuel
Drain Cleaner
Drain Openers
Gasoline Additives
Hydrogen Peroxide

Iodine
Lithium Batteries
Matches
Pseudoephedrine
Salt
Sodium and Lithium metal
Starting Fluid
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Gun Cleaning Solvent

Common Equipment used in meth labs:

Aluminum Foil
Bed Sheets
Blenders
Bottles
Chemistry Glassware
Camp Stoves
Cheesecloth
Coffee Filters
Cotton Balls
Duct Tape
Electric Portable Hot Plates
Funnels
Garden Spray Jugs
Gas Cans

Jugs
Paper Towels
pH Test Strips
Plastic Tubing
Pressure Cooks
Propane Tanks and Thermos
Pyrex Dishes
Rags
Rubber and Latex Gloves
Rags
Rubber and Latex Gloves
Strainers
Thermometers
Turkey Basting Wand

Meth labs can be lethal to those living in the surrounding area. If you suspect a meth lab in your neighborhood, report it immediately to prevent any further damage.

For Meth lab cleanup call Apple Environmental at(801)336-4151.

Symptoms of Meth Exposure

There are many health problems associated with methamphetamine contamination exposure. One of more of the following symptoms may indicate exposure to methamphetamine:

Watery, red, and burning eyes, often accompanied by discharge and pain
Skin irritations, redness and rashes
Chest and/or abdominal pain and diarrhea
Chronic sneezing and coughing and shortness of breath
Negative effects on the central nervous system
Congestion of the voice box and other throat problems
Moderate or severe headaches
Dark-colored urine
Rapid heart rate
Yellow jaundice
Fever
Decrease in mental capabilities
Hallucinations

Many of these ailments are transient, meaning they are only an issue when a person is actually in the meth site environment. However, constant exposure to a contaminated structure may lead to permanent problems.

For Meth contamination cleanup call Apple Environmental at (801)336-4151.