While the word “lab” might conjure an image of a sterile, scientific room, meth labs are anything but that—they can be found in houses, apartments, trailers, storage facilities, hotel and motel rooms, restaurants, and even vehicles. And there are no scientific safety procedures or precautions taken here. The drugs and operation might be gone, but meth labs can leave dangerous residues behind.
Here are just a few items that can be contaminated by the chemicals and by-products used in meth labs during meth use or the “cooking” process:
- Building structure
- Contents of the room or area
- Upholstered furniture
- HVAC system
- Wells and septic
When these items and areas become contaminated, they become hazardous to people and pets alike and can cause serious health problems. The potentially deadly chemicals left behind can linger for months or years after the lab is gone, and can wind up entering the body by inhalation, ingestion, or absorption through the skin. Porous items like upholstered furniture and carpets can absorb and hold onto the residue until they’re properly decontaminated! And on top of the risk of direct harm, meth labs are also at risk for explosion and fire.
Exposure to meth residues can cause health effects like behavioral changes, neurological harm, and kidney and liver damage. Young children are at particularly high risk of adverse health effects for a number of reasons. Unless they’re at daycare, infants and toddlers spend much of their time at home, where they can come into contact with those contaminated surfaces while playing. And because they consume more oxygen while growing, they are also more at risk of inhaling those airborne pollutants.
If a residence or property has played home to a drug lab, it requires professional evaluation and sanitation before a public health official can declare it habitable. You should never try to eliminate these health hazards yourself—not only are you risking further damaging the home or structure, but you’re also risking your own wellbeing! Instead, call in a professional cleaning crew.
Meth lab decontamination is an intricate process. Depending on how long the drug lab was in operation, your property may require significant amounts of time, care, and effort to decontaminate it and make it safe again. That’s where we come in! PureOne Services is a certified and insured meth lab cleanup company that specializes in drug lab decontamination and meth testing. We understand that this can be a trying time for you, and we’re dedicated to tackling every drug lab cleanup with empathy and sensitivity. Here’s how our process works.
To begin the decontamination process, we first perform an on-site inspection to evaluate the current state of your property. We follow this up by researching law enforcement records and planning and executing a sampling strategy in order to better understand the level of contamination we are working to remove. These starting steps are critical to the development of a comprehensive work plan that takes into account your property’s specific needs.
Drug Lab Cleanup and Decontamination
Next, we’ll put our plan into action by stabilizing existing residue levels and removing waste.
It’s then time for decontamination of the structure and thorough cleaning and sterilization.
Once the decontamination process is complete, we’ll draw up a closure report and handle the insurance. This legally defensible report will document the process and provide evidence that your property is habitable.
We’re pleased to offer our professional restoration and remediation services in four locations around the country! Each of our locations offers emergency cleanup services day or night and is fully prepared to help you handle your situation.
Matthew Fleisher, owner of PureOne Services Connecticut, knows that crime scene cleanup and other biohazard events require professional expertise coupled with a caring and empathetic approach to remediation. His team of trained professionals is based in Niantic and is ready and able to address your Connecticut cleanup needs.
PureOne Services Georgia offers a variety of restoration and remediation services, ranging from natural disaster help to mold remediation. Owners Sandra and Pat Apoian take a personal approach to remediation, putting their customers first and handling any and all needs with sensitivity.
Todd Olson operates PureOne Services Missouri with fine attention to detail, both in his remediation work and careful selection of his staff. Hoarding cleanup services and a range of other restoration and remediation services are available throughout the Twin Cities and the surrounding suburbs.
Jerry Fisher, owner of PureOne Services Missouri, operates out of Sunset Hills, Missouri and services the St. Louis metro area as well as southern Illinois. Whether you require crime scene cleanup, water damage remediation, or professional biohazard services, his team is ready to create a comprehensive plan to best address your needs.
Get Your Property Back with PureOne Services
Illegal activity doesn’t happen in a vacuum—you may find yourself dealing with all manner of biohazards in that former drug lab. The good news is that you don’t actually have to do a thing except pick up the phone! So instead of searching for information on how to get blood out of carpet, give us a call. Whether you’re faced with a former meth lab or you’re in need of crime scene cleanup, the professionals at PureOne Services can help.