Meth Cleanup Chicago by Chicago’s Certified Meth Remediation Specialists
Meth Cleanup in Chicago by Chicago Meth Remediation can restore the safety of your home or business and help provide a healthy environment for your family and/or tenants. We are your certified decontamination specialists, we have the equipment and training to rid your property of the hazardous materials that could be threatening you and your loved ones.
What is Meth?
Meth cleanup in Chicago is a serious matter. Why you ask? Because Methamphetamine contamination and its effects can create health problems that could potentially last for years. The only way to know if you have a problem is by hiring a certified decontamination specialist. Chicago Meth Remediation is certified with the state of Illinois as a professional Meth remediation company.
In addition, Methamphetamine, commonly called “meth,” is a highly addictive drug which can result in severe health problems, not only for the user, but anyone who is exposed to it second hand. Chicago Meth Remediation, meth cleanup & decontamination specialists in Illinois will take care of the problem.
Lingering Effects of Meth Manufacturing
Manufacturing or “cooking” meth has resulting byproducts that are lingering and toxic. Chicago Meth Remediation, certified decontamination specialists in Illinois will inspect your property and give it a clean bill of health.
Interestingly, five to seven pounds of chemical waste result from each pound of methamphetamine produced. To enumerate, some of these chemicals are hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, chloroform and many other poisonous compounds. Even after the lab has been disbanded, if not decontaminated properly, people who may move in can be susceptible to:
- Damage to the liver
- Kidney Problems
- Lung Disorders
- Psychological illness
The meth Lab site is host to a myriad of problems. The entire structure and its contents are potentially contaminated – from furniture to drywall to plumbing. It is also possible for the contamination to spread out from the site itself.
Our meth decontamination FAQ’s come from our desire to provide continuing community education about the dangers and threats associated with this deadly drug. We hope this information will educate you and your loves ones about meth abuse, contamination and remediation.
Our meth decontamination team has been involved with meth site restoration; both residential and commercial, for many years. Chicago Meth Remediation’s key to quality decontamination is attention to detail and knowledge of what harmful substances exist We are proficient in both areas!
If you have more questions, please contact us directly.
Q: What are the most hazardous chemical residue left as a result of smoking or producing methamphetamine?
A: There are many harmful substances associated with the production of and/or smoking meth. The two most dangerous are residues from Iodine contamination and the residual vapors and phosphine left behind by Red Phosphorous. Sometimes these effects are undetectable with our regular senses. In order to eradicate the threat we use a certified lab to test levels.
Q: What is Chicago Meth Remediation’s decontamination process?
A: Removal and disposal of contents of the home – Carpet and pad must be removed and disposed of. Carpet and pad are the largest filter in the home. Mattresses, couches, blinds, drapery, clothing, etc. as well as any porous material removed and disposed of.
Decontaminating walls, ceiling, floors, furnace and furnace ducts. The furnace and ducts are carrying the meth contamination and residue to every room they service.
We use a non-corrosive, non-hazardous cleaning solution especially developed for meth decontamination. This product minimizes corrosive pitting metal such as light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, door handles and even the nails in your drywall and does not leave behind a sticky slime or noxious fumes.
Q: What is Methamphetamine?
A: Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, chalk, ice, and crystal, it takes the form of a white, yellow or clear odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Developed around 1830, it is derived from its parent drug, amphetamine. It was used originally in nasal decongestants and bronchial dilators.
Q: What determines the cost of a Decontamination Process?
A: The cost of decontamination is determined by three things:
• Removal and disposal of contents of the home – Any porous material removed and disposed of.
• Square footage of the home – Decontaminating walls, ceiling, floors, furnace and furnace ducts.
• Testing level – Will determine how many times the home and furnace needs the decontamination cleaning process to place the home under the legal limit.
Q: What happens if decontamination of an area is not possible?
A: While this is a rare situation, occasionally the contamination is so invasive that the surface cannot be cleaned. At Chicago Meth Remediation, we understand how costly cleanup can be. Our Guarantee is that we will perform as minimally invasive treatments as possible. This means that you can rest assured that even partial demolition will always be a last resort solution.
Q: Do you have to remove things like sheetrock, framing, flooring, heating vent work, and similar fixtures to decontaminate the property?
A: Generally no! Of course the answer to that depends on where the chemical residue is found but generally only materials that have come into direct contact with the contamination will be discarded, and only if they cannot be cleaned satisfactorily.
Q: What are the hazardous substances used in the Meth Production Process?
A: As we have mentioned, there are many harmful agents used in the production process. Here are some of them:
- Red phosphorous
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Starter fluid (ethyl ether)
- Acetone, toluene, alcohol or paint thinner
- Anhydrous ammonia
- Drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide (lye)
- Sulfuric acid, muriatic acid, phosphoric acid
Q: How Can I tell if a Meth Lab Is in my Neighborhood?
A: Some of the warning signs include:
- Strong or unusual odors that are pungent, acrid or sour to the senses, like ammonia or a strong smell of vinegar
- Windows covered with dark plastic or tin foil
- Increased regular traffic, especially in the late night or early morning hours
- Excessive trash and waste, such as bottles or similar containers
- Disheveled landscape and strange stains on walkways and driveways.
None of these signs, by themselves, indicate a problem however if you notice two or more of the above mentioned warning signs you should be wary.
Q: Does Chicago Meth Remediation have a problem with a third party testing entity of my choosing, testing the finished decontamination project?
A: Not at all. We are 100% confident in our ability to eradicate contaminations on your property. We welcome scrutiny; it only serves to enhance our credibility.
Q: Will you be painting in your decontamination process?
A: No, painting DOES NOT encapsulate the meth, nor is it effective in getting rid of it. Meth needs to be decontaminated, not covered up. If the production process creates a situation where interior walls, floors or ceilings have become unsightly, the owner can re-paint after decontamination is completed.