Methamphetamine, meth for short, exposure can be detrimental to your health as well as your home. The chemicals used for making meth products are highly dangerous concerning risk of fire, explosion and create a plethora of health problems.
What to do if you suspect a Meth House/Lab
- Leave the site immediately and call authorities to report the location
- Do not touch or open anything including containers and boxes
- You should not spend time inside the place
- Do not alert the suspected Meth lab creators of your suspicions
- Do not shut off any electrical supplies
- Contact an AEI Decon who can complete a thorough inspection and conduct the necessary testing required for the conditions
Meth homes/labs create a volatile environment that is not only dangerous to the inhabitants of said location but also other residents and surrounding areas due to risk of fire and/or explosion.
Telltale signs of a Meth House/Lab
If you are unsure how to tell if a location is suspicious or not, there are several clues to look for that can cause suspicion of a meth house or lab:
- Denied access to the area and/or paranoid behavior
- Increased traffic and late night visitors with unusually shorts stays
- Covering and blacking out windows
- Guard dogs
- Chemical smells not typically found in residential areas
- Large amounts of household chemicals
- Waste with a large number of pill packaging
- Coffee filters, pillowcases, and sheets that are stained red
- Glass containers with dried chemical deposits remaining
- Frequent burning of waste materials
What Happens after the Meth House/Lab no longer poses a risk?
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 only covers up the problem, and toxins inevitably seep through the paint contaminating the air once again.
AEI Decon offers another alternative that tackles the problem of meth contamination and is much more useful than just cleaning. Our products applied by our trained and certified technicians safely and effectively eliminate meth contamination residue from any residential or commercial structure. By taking a scientific approach, we are able to safely decontaminate walls, ceilings, non-porous flooring, cabinets, light fixtures, heating systems, and other items in a house saving thousands in replacement costs and time living away from home. There is entirely no need for expensive demolition when the property is correctly decontaminated by our product which is non-hazardous, non-corrosive, completely biodegradable, environmentally-friendly and safe for people, pets, and structures.