There are horror stories about homeowners who rent their primary house for several months or they have a rental property only to discover that the tenants used a portion of the home for cooking methamphetamine.
Even if the meth lab was small and contained to just one area, the fumes will permeate plaster and wood leaving dangerous toxic residue cleanup and repair challenges in a much broader portion of the structure. The acids and chemicals used in a meth-cook will also destroy many of the cosmetic and structural surfaces. Fumes and residues are a health risk to humans and animals. The vapors enter the HVAC system and attack carpets and textiles. In some cases, the contamination and odor from the meth lab is so strong it is detected by the neighbors, causing them to notify the police, so they can bust the criminals.
As the landlord or property owner with this problem you are also stuck with the cleanup and reconstruction. When the affected home is your rental property, you usually hear about the meth lab from the police. In most cases, you will be escorted through the property by the police. It’s always best to let the police authorities take charge. However, if you enter on your own, you must be careful when you’re inside the lab-cook space. It’s a crime scene, so be careful to touch nothing because many meth labs are rigged with booby traps to hurt rival gangs or police officers when they enter the space. After the police arrive on scene, a special unit will debug the location and make it ready for the cleanup and for the 123HELP approved BioHazard and Trauma scene cleanup company to do their work.
You can be assured, when we are called to a scene, 123HElP cleanup team follows the OSHA rules and regulations that apply to hazardous work environments. Removing, cleaning, or replacing these damaged and toxic laden materials and surfaces is performed by technicians and repair people who are suited up in TYVEK protective clothing. These employees know what it takes to do the job right. Clearly, performing a meth lab cleanup job to restore the house is not for an inexperienced contractor. Instead, you need to look for a qualified service provider, experienced in these areas of service, for the best results always use a trauma scene cleanup contractor approved by 123HELP:
- Understands and follows EPA and OSHA guidelines
- Prepares a scope and written estimate
- Works with an Industrial Hygienist as needed
- Properly disposes of contaminated materials
You can count on 123HELP approved Trauma and Crime Scene Contractor to resolve this or other similar problems.