Most of us like to believe that something as dangerous and destructive to our community as a meth lab couldn’t exist close to us. However, statistics prove that assumption wrong for many Americans. At the peak of the methamphetamine boom of the last ten years, nearly 40,000 labs were taken down in the United States. Numbers like those show that an encounter with a meth lab may be more likely than you think.
What Happens When Police Find a Meth Lab?
The problem with people turning their homes or other buildings into drug-making laboratories is that these buildings must then be safely dismantled. Oftentimes, the entire property must be cleaned of all potentially-contaminated materials, which can result in the complete razing of the home or other buildings. Even priceless, heirloom properties aren’t immune to this rule, as any contaminated surfaces can continue to be a danger to people, animals, and the environment long after the arrests are made.
All of this must be handled by professional environmental cleanup services. These services provide safe, effective cleaning and removal of all drug paraphernalia, contaminated surfaces and furnishings, and their methods comply with state regulations of these processes.
Services Provided by these Professionals Include:
- Proper and prompt removal of dangerous chemicals and drug paraphernalia.
- Testing as necessary of seized chemicals for legal purposes.
- Documentation of all removal and testing results.
- Presentation to and partnership with local or state law enforcement.
- Cleaning and decontamination of the home or building in compliance with state or local laws, including condemnation when necessary.
Remediation vs. Removal
Many people confuse removal of contaminants and contaminated articles from the home or property as sufficient for meth lab remediation. However, removal and remediation are actually two very different processes.
Removal is also known in the industry as “gross” removal, meaning that only the visible and obvious contaminants will be removed. This includes chemicals, finished drug matter, paraphernalia, and any articles visibly stained or damaged by drugs or drug making and use processes.
Remediation takes this several steps further. Remediation involves the complete removal of contamination from not only interior and exterior building surfaces, but also the surrounding property. This includes the soil, water supply, and air. Only when a property is completely safe for habitation can it be considered successfully remediated.
For agencies looking for assistance with drug lab site remediation, contact the industry experts at Kary Environmental Services. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create a safer, cleaner community – one site at a time.