Meth Lab Cleaning | Drug Residue Cleanup
Meth Lab Cleaning
BTCSC specialise in Meth Lab Cleaning with a focus on residential properties, sheds, hotels and short term accommodation providers where meth residue is most likely found. Operating out of Brisbane and Cairns, we are able to service most metro and regional locations including Toowoomba, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Rockhampton & Northern NSW. To discuss your next step or to arrange meth lab cleaning/testing with a certified biohazard technician, contact us today. Queensland & NSW’s leading meth lab testing and cleanup service provider
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How to deal with a Meth Residue: Step-By-Step
Step 1 – Meth Contamination is suspected
If it is suspected that the occupants of a property have been smoking, dealing or cooking meth, the landlord or property manager must take steps to ensure the property is free of contamination prior to re-leasing a property. An operational meth lab is not always required in order to contaminate a property of the level limit of 0.5ug as heavy smoking can also cause contamination. If there is any suspicion that meth/ice has been consumed with a property, meth testing should always take place.
Step 2 – Drug Residue Testing
Detailed laboratory testing involves taking samples from the property which are than sent to the laboratory for testing and further analysis. The results to this testing as critical as they will be used determine the level of contamination and areas contaminated so that an appropriate Remediation Action Plan (RAP) can be developed.
Step 3 – The Cleaning Process for a Meth Lab
In order to clean a meth lab back to a non toxic state, all carpet, curtains, beds, toys, linen, couches and other highly absorbent material must be removed from the affected property and either clean (for high value items) or disposed of. Food preparation surfaces such as kitchen benches may need to be removed and disposes of depending of the levels of meth residue found.
- Where there is visible staining or discolouration of wall, ceilings, tiles or other surfaces, they will need to be removed and disposed of in the correct manor.
- Walls or surfaces that have been painted over (to try to conceal the contamination) must also be removed as the meth residue becomes stuck in the paint and will continue to off gas for many years. It is strongly recommended that home owners do not paint over wall that have been contaminated due to an operating meth lab.
- The property is then thoroughly cleaned from floor to ceiling to remove any dust and other materials that may have built up. This is required so that the meth decontamination formula can be most effective.
- Meth Decontamination Formula – Crystal Clean was developed by the US Government to neutralise highly contaminated materials. Crystal Clean is used by the military and was the first decontaminate to effectively kill anthrax. It is extremely effective in the removal of residue from dangerous chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine as well as meth itself. The product crystal clean is a three part system that must be mixed before applied through an industrial grade foaming machine.
- A final Chemical Fogging treatment is applied to the areas in the property where contamination is present. The fogging allows every surface of the property to be covered, ensuring no area is missed.
Step 4 – Post Meth Residue Testing
Once the property has been thoroughly decontaminated, further lab testing is performed to ensure contamination levels are below Australian guidelines. If meth clearance levels are not meet, further remediation will need to take place until the clearance level is met. All meth remediation work carried out by Australian Forensic Cleaning is fully guaranteed to receive clearance. For more information on the visit methlabs.com.au
Dangers of Meth Labs (Clandestine Drug Labs)
When the cooking process takes place, methamphetamine becomes airborne both as a particular and a vapor. It is able to absorb into furniture, floors, walls, clothing, furnishings and children’s toys. Exposure to these harmful chemicals used in the production of meth can cause a multitude of health issues, children and the elderly are will often be the most affected by these dangerous chemicals. Exposure to high levels of the chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine has been linked to serious illness, cancer and even death.
In Australia the safe level of exposure is set at 0.5 ug though it is important to note that these levels are not based on health effects as currently there is not the research available to determine what the safe level of exposure is. In saying this, practically anyone that has been associated with a meth cook area will return a positive urine reading for methamphetamine.
Often after a meth lab is seized there are other drug paraphernalia such as syringes or needles that have not been found and disposed of by the police or forensic drug unit. If is important that the highest level of care and protective equipment is used when removing contaminates from a former meth lab. Hazards such as hidden needles, bobby traps or chemicals must removed in a safe manor.
An operating meth lab is extremely dangerous as they are highly volatile as they are often set up crudely. One wrong move can ignite fumes and other chemicals setting off a huge chemical explosion. This also puts occupants within the and neighboring properties at risk. If you come in contact or see the signs that a clandestine drug lab has been in operation, remove yourself from the area and contact police immediately to discuss what you have encountered.
Signs of a Meth Lab: Telltale signs to look out for to identify a meth lab or meth contaminated property.
Unusual odours: The making of Meth or Ice produces powerful odours generally from the ammonia used within the cooking process. The smell of Ammonia is often compared to the smell of cat or possum urine and rotten eggs.
Strange or Excessive Trash: The ingredients required for making meth are found in certain products including cold and flu tablets, lithium batteries which have been torn apart, respiratory masks, used coffee filters with coloured stains or residue, soft-drink bottles with hoses connected between. Large numbers of empty containers such as starting fluids, paint thinners, antifreeze, acetone, ether, drain cleaner, freon or other chemicals that can be used as part of a meth lab.
Dead Vegetation: Often any left over chemicals or other toxic substances are dumped or burnt in the backyard. These dump sites leave a dead spot where grass and other vegetation will not grow.
Strange Ventilation or Security Set Ups: Due to the large amount of toxic fumes produced with the production of meth, the cooks will often set up elaborate ventilation systems to rid themselves and the room of the toxic fumes produced. These signs include opening windows or doors on cold days or other unusual or inappropriate times and the up of fans, blowers or other ventilation systems when that should not be required. Properties with meth lab operating often have a number of security features including keep out signs, cameras, guard dogs and baby monitors in outdoor locations to detect someone entering the property.
Increasing rate of Meth Labs
The number of Meth Labs being found in Queensland has significantly increase over the last couple of years to never seen before levels. There are now hundreds of Meth Labs being found annually in residential properties, hotels and short term accommodation providers.. The reasons for this are understandable, meth can be made from easily available ingredients that are sold in supermarkets, drug stores, hardware’s and agricultural chemical suppliers. Keep in mind, the number of Meth Labs being detected by police in QLD is only a fraction of the number Labs that are really out there. Don’t risk the safety of your family or friends, if you see the signs that meth lab has been operating inside your property – have it tested and play it safe.