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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.

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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.

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Certified Decontamination Specialists

Apple Environmental is not your run-of-the-mill disaster cleanup company. We are certified by the UtahDepartment of Environmental Quality (DEP) to promote the well-being of Utah’s citizens. As certified decontamination specialists, the owners of Apple Environmental are licensed by the DEP to perform the necessary decontamination procedures required in meth lab and meth user site decontamination and cleanup.The certification is imposed in order to protect the health and safety of both our customers and our own employees, ensuring that safety is put above everything else when we are taking care of a decontamination project.
Only a select group of individuals are qualified enough to receive this certification, but the owners of Apple Environmental passed the test. We are capable of handling meth, mold, and other indoor air quality issues.

As certified decontamination specialists, Apple Environmental requires that:

All of our employees go through OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER training
Each employee goes through a refresher training course to renew certification annually
We work with the local law enforcement and health departments to ensure public safety.
All of our employees practice the safest and most effective procedures when providing decontamination services

Dealing with the remnants of a meth lab or of some other type of meth contaminated material is dangerous work that must be completed thoroughly. That is why the DEP doesn’t just let anybody become a certified decontamination specialist. The application process is rigorous, and the individuals allowed to be on the list of approved specialists are small in number.

We want to make your home, business, or other property in question a safe place again. We are dedicated to removing meth contaminants and hazardous materials so more of Utah will be safe for habitation.

If you know of a contaminated property that may have been a meth lab […]

How Does Meth Remover Work?

The active ingredients in this meth decontamination agent attack the methamphetamine molecule and break it down.  Methamphetamine or meth is produced chemically, therefore it can be broken down chemically.  The technology for meth removal has caught up with this nationwide epidemic.  Some of the molecular ingredients are released into the ambient air i.e. nitrogen which makes up 78% of the air we breathe and oxygen which makes up 21% of the air we breathe.  Components left on the surface are water, salts, and a slight layer of soap.  The soap is used not only to help clean the surfaces of dirt and grime, but to help the decontamination agent better adhere to the surface and not just run off before it has a chance to do it’s job.

Why Meth Remover?

Using Apple Environmental Meth Remover gives professionals the confidence of remediating meth contaminated properties with safe, effective crime scene cleanup.  This two part formula is fast and efficient helping to reduce your costs and create a desirable living environment for your clients.  Apple Environmental Meth Remover leaves no filmy residue or chemical smell, the property has no odor upon completion, it just smells clean.

Apple Environmental Meth Remover is a revolutionary, two part product designed specifically for the removal and break down (neutralization) of methamphetamine residue.

Selling a Meth Contaminated Property

Methamphetamine contamination is considered an environmental hazard. Brokers often face problems with meth contamination of a home they are trying to sell. In these cases, the decontamination of the property is important to prevent health problems of the potential homebuyers and to provide peace of mind that comes with proper decontamination. Although the Utah laws governing meth testing and decontamination have relaxed in recent years, any homebuyer may elect to have a property tested for Meth. If the home tests positive for Meth, the potential homebuyer often backs out of the deal unless appropriate decontamination methods have been used and the home is free of health hazards caused by Methamphetamine use or manufacturing. To help the seller to afford the cost of the decontamination, 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.
Selling a Meth Contaminated PropertyCurrent rules and regulations regarding Meth decontamination and homes identified as meth labs in the state of Utah include:
“As the law stands now, any identified clandestine drug lab producing meth must be reported to the local health department and must be cleaned to meet the decontamination standards outlined in Rule 392-600 (1.0 µg/100cm²). Currently, labs are most easily identified by confirmed law enforcement seizing, or “busting” a lab.

Each local health department is required to maintain a list of each of these properties for public view. Each property will remain on the contamination list until sampling test results are less than 1.0 µg/100cm² . Once the property’s sampling tests meet the standard, the property is […]

What to Do About Methamphetamine Contamination

Thorough cleanup or decontamination is the only way to get rid of the health hazards in any structure that has been contaminated by meth. In the past demolition was the most widely used technique to “clean” a meth house. This process included removing all of the contaminated materials from the property; sheet-rock, flooring, cabinets, counter-tops, fixtures, and any other item not used as part of the structure of the house. The cost involved in such an undertaking was not cost effective and left the property owner in an undesirable financial situation.  Some property owners simply try to clean the interior using household cleaners which is only partially effective at best.  Most advertised decontamination methods are not totally effective; in fact, when only cleaning is used as part of “decontamination,” some residue is inevitably left behind and actually re-contaminates the structure! Just painting over walls doesn’t work either: it just covers up the problem, and toxins inevitably off gas through the paint contaminating the air once again.

Mold Testing in Utah

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.

How Does Meth Remover Work?

The active ingredients in this meth decontamination agent attack the methamphetamine molecule and break it down.  Methamphetamine or meth is produced chemically, therefore it can be broken down chemically.  The technology for meth removal has caught up with this nationwide epidemic.  Some of the molecular ingredients are released into the ambient air i.e. nitrogen which makes up 78% of the air we breathe and oxygen which makes up 21% of the air we breathe.  Components left on the surface are water, salts, and a slight layer of soap.  The soap is used not only to help clean the surfaces of dirt and grime, but to help the decontamination agent better adhere to the surface and not just run off before it has a chance to do it’s job.

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

Benefits of Using Apple Environmental

You don’t want to potentially create more health problems by exposing your family or employees to toxic mold- killing chemicals.  Products from Apple Environmental are completely bio-degradable, non-corrosive, non-toxic, and safe for  people, plants and pets. We are the “Green” solution you’ve been looking for!

Benefits of using Apple Environmental for your Meth and Mold cleanup services include:

Neutralization of methamphetamine and mold contaminates
Reduction in time required to complete decontamination, resulting in quicker marketability
Improve indoor air quality and a safe living environment
Kills bacteria causing foul odors, including tobacco smoke and pet odors
Professional environmental company that is licensed and insured
Decontamination Guaranteed!
State certified decontamination specialist on all job sites.

We invite you to contact Apple Environmental today to find out more about our mold and meth testing services as well as our remediation and cleanup process. Call for a free estimate today at (801)336-4151