Cleaning up a property that’s been contaminated with methamphetamine (meth) residue requires more than just a simple clean up. Once a property has tested positive for meth residue, taking appropriate and immediate steps to evacuate and decontaminate the premises is vital in order to protect your health.
If you happen to find yourself in a position where you need to organise a meth house decontamination and clean up, it’s important to reach out to some trusted professionals who are up to the task rather than doing it yourself. We’ll explain why and provide some additional information on methamphetamines below.
The Dangers Of Methamphetamines
Methamphetamines contain toxic substances and chemicals that can cause adverse effects to people’s health. Exposure to meth can trigger symptoms such as vomiting, skin rashes, nausea, chemical burns, anxiety and depression. Ingesting, inhaling or coming into direct contact with meth residue as well as continued exposure to high levels of meth can lead to both short term health issues. Exposure to meth can also lead to chronic infections which if left untreated, may even lead to death.
What Toxic Chemicals Are Found In Meth?
Meth is a highly addictive synthetic drug which contains a cocktail of chemicals that can vary depending on how it’s manufactured. In all cases, the chemicals pseudoephedrine, acetone and phosphine can be found in meth, and it is these three chemicals that pose the biggest threat to people’s health, and can cause long and short-term health issues.
Children in particular, are at a higher risk of developing health issues following exposure to meth. Therefore, it’s important that if you suspect the presence of meth in your property or one that you are looking to move into, that necessary steps are taken to test the property for meth residue and enlist the help of a professional biohazard cleaner to remediate the property.
Why Is Meth House Cleaning Dangerous?
Meth house clean up can pose all sorts of dangers. It’s therefore important for those involved to be aware of what dealing with a meth contaminated property entails:
Meth contains a dangerous mix of toxic chemicals and substances which can have a negative impact on your health. Cleaning up a meth house means working under dangerous conditions where you are at risk and exposed to dangerous substances.
A property that’s been used as a meth lab can pose a high fire danger because of the volatile compounds used during meth production.
Meth House Cleaning & Remediation Process
While each professional biohazard cleaning contractor may do things slightly differently, below are the general steps they take when decontaminating a meth house:
- Gain access and approval to clean the property – some properties require clearances from local authorities prior to cleaning work commencing.
- Survey the area and test – identifying contaminated and uncontaminated areas using pre sampling.
- Ventilate the area – using fresh air and machines to air out the property.
- Develop a clean up plan – outlining cost estimates, levels of contamination within the property as well as cleaning and waste disposal methods.
- Remove contaminated objects – immediately discarding any objects that are too contaminated to be cleaned.
- Decontaminate affected areas – sanitising the property to remove toxic residue.
- Deep cleaning – involving vacuuming, several rounds of washes to contaminated areas using specialised cleaning agents.
- Clearance testing – to ensure the decontamination was done successfully and that the property is safe and habitable.
Professional Help With Meth House Decontamination
When it comes to meth house decontamination and clean up, it’s probably best to avoid doing it yourself and hire a professional biohazard cleaner instead. Meth house cleanup is dangerous work that can leave a lasting impact on your health so why take the risk?
Highly trained and experienced biohazard cleaners can safely decontaminate a meth house and remediate the property to a habitable state.
For your safety and peace of mind, call the team at National Trauma (NTCSC) for all your biohazard cleaning needs. With over 30 years’ experience in meth house decontamination