Methamphetamine Remediation

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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|

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.

Reliable Meth Testing in Utah

Meth testing is done to determine whether or not a home or building previously used to cook or smoke methamphetamine is still contaminated with meth residue. Meth testing is strongly recommended when you buy, sell, or rent a property to keep the inhabitants of the property safe from the health problems cause by meth contamination and residue.

Who Should Have Meth Testing Performed?

Real Estate Agents:To be sure that listed properties are not compromised by the presence of meth residue.
Property Buyers: If you are in the market for buying a residential or commercial property, it just makes good sense to protect your investment by having it tested for meth before you buy.
Business Owners:If you suspect meth use at your place of business, having your buildings tested by Apple Environmental will help you get the answers you’re looking for.
Families: If you have reason to believe your spouse or child may be using meth, you may want to have bedrooms, recreation rooms, the garage, or cars tested.
Rental Property Owners: Residential rental properties and storage units are hotbeds for meth labs as well as meth use. Have your investments tested regularly for your safety as well as your tenants’.

For Meth contamination testing and remediation call Apple Environment at (801)336-4151.

Issues with Buying a Meth Contaminated Property

The chemical residual waste products created during cooking and smoking methamphetamine are extremely hazardous to both humans and pets, rendering a meth property unsafe and unlivable without adequate decontamination. A meth site decreases not only the value of the property itself, but also devalues all of the properties which surround it. Indoor residues are fairly permanent and can last for decades because they are protected from sun and microorganism breakdown; not only are replaceable furnishings affected, but also permanent structural elements such as dry wall, flooring, air ducts and more.

If you are considering buying a property with possible Meth contamination, the property should be tested. If the testing proves positive for Methamphetamine, carefully consider the amount of decontamination needed in order to make the property livable. If the Meth contamination is not properly removed and all necessary precautions are not taken, the inhabitants of the property may suffer the effects of a meth contaminated property for decades.

If you are still interested in purchasing the home that has tested positive for Meth, Apple Environmental has partnered with Surety Title to include the cost of the decontamination into the closing costs of the house. If the seller and buyer can come to an agreement, the sale can still go through.  Visit Surety Title for more information.

For Meth decontamination services and testing call Apple Environmental at (801)336-4151.

Decontamination of Utah Meth Labs

In Utah, there are more meth labs than you might expect. In fact, they could be hiding in the apartment downstairs or the house across the street in seemingly safe neighborhoods. The problem is: meth labs pose a danger to everyone, not just the makers, the drug dealers, and the users. The chemicals produced in meth labs can affect everyone around it, severely in some cases.

Because Utah has an abnormally high problem with contaminated properties certified decontamination specialists are hard at work to try to curve this epidemic.
One of the sign that there might be a meth lab in your neighborhood is the smell. Though not any one odor can really be associated with meth labs, strange chemical smells can be indicative of the drug-making process. You should report any strong chemical smells to the authorities.

Rest assured that Apple Environmental and the Department of Environmental Quality will work to eradicate the problems created by meth labs. If you have any questions or you require testing or decontamination services, contact us today!

 

What Are Signs of a Meth Lab?

Meth labs are often in highly populated residential areas so it is important to report any signs of a meth lab. Neighbors living near a meth lab often notice unusual behavior or their neighbors running the meth lab as well as unusual waste in unauthorized dump sites.

Some warning signs of a meth lab include:

    

  

Denied access to the area
Increased traffic and late night visitors with unusually shorts stays
Covering and blacking out windows
Guard dogs
Chemical smells not normally found in residential areas
Large amounts of household chemicals
Waste with a large number of pill packaging
Coffee filters, pillow cases and sheets that are stained red
Glass containers with dried chemical deposits remaining

If you notice any of these signs of a meth lab it is important to report it immediately to the proper authorities and keep your neighborhood and family safe.

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

Issues with Buying a Meth Contaminated Property

The chemical residual waste products created during cooking and smoking methamphetamine are extremely hazardous to both humans and pets, rendering a meth property unsafe and unlivable without adequate decontamination. A meth site decreases not only the value of the property itself, but also devalues all of the properties which surround it. Indoor residues are fairly permanent and can last for decades because they are protected from sun and microorganism breakdown; not only are replaceable furnishings affected, but also permanent structural elements such as dry wall, flooring, air ducts and more.

If you are considering buying a property with possible Meth contamination, the property should be tested. If the testing proves positive for Methamphetamine, carefully consider the amount of decontamination needed in order to make the property livable. If the Meth contamination is not properly removed and all necessary precautions are not taken, the inhabitants of the property may suffer the effects of a meth contaminated property for decades.

If you are still interested in purchasing the home that has tested positive for Meth, Apple Environmental has partnered with Surety Title to include the cost of the decontamination into the closing costs of the house. If the seller and buyer can come to an agreement, the sale can still go through.  Visit Surety Title for more information.

For Meth decontamination services and testing call Apple Environmental at (801)336-4151.

What do I do if my house is contaminated with meth?

What do I do if my house is contaminated with meth?
The studies thus far have indicated that levels over 3.0ug can be absorbed into the skin. Unfortunately, when we test a house we only test a few locations. If the results show some level of methamphetamine residue than we know that somewhere in the property there will be areas that have a higher level and areas that have a lower level which is why states like California and Utah set their acceptable levels at 1.5ug and 1.0ug. Some states have set their acceptable levels at 0.10ug (anything lower than this doesn’t really show up on the lab analysis). So the test came back showing some level of meth contamination, now what?

The biggest filter in your home is the carpet and carpet pad. Airborne particles float through the air and settle on the carpet and get embedded in the fibers of the carpet including meth residue. If you come into contact with that carpet the residue can be absorbed into your body dermally. This is why children are more susceptible to the contaminants than adults because they are the ones that spend more time on the floor therefore having more carpet to skin contact.

So, of course, you remove the contaminated carpet and get new, right? However you’re not done, the second filter in your home is the HVAC system which includes your furnace and duct work. If just the carpet is replaced and then you turn on the furnace you have just reintroduced meth residue particles onto your new carpet. So now you’re removing the carpet/carpet pad and getting the ducts cleaned. But you need to make sure the ducts are cleaned thoroughly. First the […]