Property Owners-Be Aware Of Meth Labs (Part 4) Cleaning Up

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A generalized cleaning will not remove the toxic waste and chemical residue of Meth production. Do not try to clean it yourself! Even law enforcement and other first responders face health risks when they enter a lab before it is cleaned or ventilated, unless they are protected by Haz-Mat gear. If not properly decontaminated, anyone who moves into a former lab site will be exposed to all the health dangers associated with Meth, as mentioned in part 1 of this series.


Meth Lab Items To Watch For


There are five major methods of an indoor meth lab cleanup. The method used will depend on the what chemicals are found, the processes used, and how long the lab was active. It is possible in rare cases, that the building be demolished in order to clean up the contaminates. Most situations, though, will require a combination of the following recommended measures.


Ventilation: When solvents and other chemicals that may have soaked into the walls are slowly vaporizing indoors, ventilation may reduce contamination and decrease odors.

Removal: Furnishings, draperies, carpeting, paneling, wallpaper, and other porous items that evaluators believe cannot be cleaned using other methods must be disposed of according to the type and degree of contamination. Some materials may not be suitable for landfill disposal but will have to be disposed of by a licensed contractor.

Neutralization: Where acids or bases have been used, the potential for harmful effects may be reduced or removed through neutralization. Acids may be neutralized with solutions of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and bases may be neutralized by using weakly acidic solutions of vinegar or acetic acid in water.

Detergent-Water Washing: Some nonporous and semi-porous surfaces, such as floors, tiles, walls and ceilings, can be scrubbed with detergent and water solutions.

Encapsulation or Sealing: For some surfaces, contamination may be covered with layers of oil-based paint, polyurethane or other approved materials.


Meth Lab Clean UPIt is important to keep in mind that the type(s) of cleaning necessary depends on a variety of factors. What may be appropriate in one situation will not be acceptable in the next.


After the residence has been cleaned using these guidelines, it is advisable to have your property evaluated and tested. Especially If you are concerned about any remaining contamination, or if your property still has an odor, visible staining, or causes physical irritation to those exposed. Also, if you are concerned with liability issues, you should consider having the property tested. Sampling is an expensive option, but may provide peace of mind for property owners and families. You may want to contact your insurance carrier for advice and assistance.

Meth Lab Clean Up




If you fail to disclose the meth history of the property and/or fail to have it properly cleaned, the matter could end up in litigation. If you find a meth lab on your property, please save time, money, stress, and possibly the life of another by having it properly cleaned.




Property Owners-Be Aware Of Meth Labs

Property Owners-Be Aware Of Meth Labs (Part 2) Common Ingredients

Property Owners-Be Aware Of Meth Labs (Part 3) Recognizing A Lab

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John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
How timely.  The state of Louisiana just added this question to property disclosure papers.  I had to look twice to make sure i was reading this correctly.
Mar 28, 2008 11:52 PM #1
Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent
John: Imagine being a couple with a new baby moving into a house that used to be a meth lab and the baby dying because of the contamination. Not a pretty picture. I think all states should require disclosure. Including rentals. That's only fair to the people that are moving in.
Mar 29, 2008 12:01 AM #2
Sharee L. Washington
CARES Real Estate Sales - Summerville, SC

Great post!!


Mar 29, 2008 12:02 AM #3
Laura Karambelas
Baird & Warner Downers Grove - Downers Grove, IL
Realtor - Downers Grove

This is a great post!  Thanks for bringing awareness of what to look for.

Mar 29, 2008 12:58 AM #4
Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent

Sharee: Thanks for stopping by.

Laura: You're quite welcome.

Mar 29, 2008 01:30 AM #5
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

VERY informative. Meth labs, never even thought of them being on the list of showings! Thanks for posting.

Mar 30, 2008 08:40 AM #6
Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent
Greg: Ya never know what's on the other side of the door until you open it up! Thanks for stopping by.
Mar 30, 2008 11:19 AM #7
S &J Bioclean L.L.C.

Hello to all, my name is Trish Halverson and our company has been remediating Meth Labs for over 5 years and its not as expensive as you might think, we can usually remediate the contamination without tearing the property apart. We have been successful on all remediation sites and have had test come back as a non detection and below state standards (arkansas) we have plenty of references and we are licensed, bonded, and insured. If interested in contacting us just dial 417-364-8128 or 1-866-845-6134 and ask for Shelly our e-mail address is or check out our website at s& we are a small business watching out for our future generations (children) We are also a Crime & Trauma Team, unattended deaths, trash houses, if it stinks we will make it smell better. We serve the 4 states (MO.,AR.,KS.,OK.)

Trish Halverson

S & J Bioclean L.L.C.

Goodman, MO 64843

Nov 20, 2008 11:46 PM #8
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