Decontamination of Hazardous Materials
Homes contaminated by methamphetamine can pose serious health and safety risks to both residents and neighbors. The chemicals used in the manufacturing process and in general use are highly corrosive and invasive; these dangerous chemicals linger and are detected in houses years after initial contamination. With an ever growing number of properties in Utah being contaminated by methamphetamine, Five Point Restoration has developed a decontamination program to address this issue. Our Decontamination Specialists follow national, state and local regulations and are certified to clean and restore safe living conditions to any residence that has been contaminated. We don't stop until the property is clean, and all our jobs are cleared by governmental inspectors from the health department. For your peace of mind we provide you with a written affidavit and testing results provided by an independent testing facility as evidence of successful decontamination.
We know that dealing with methamphetamine contaminated properties can be a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. The Decontamination Specialists at Five Point Restoration can help ease that burden and restore a healthy living condition to your property.
What is meth?
- Methamphetamine is known as a highly addictive stimulant drug that has severe effects on the brain and nervous system.
How is meth made?
- The processing required to make methamphetamine is easier and more accessible than ever. An investment of a few hundred dollars in over-the-counter medications and chemicals can produce thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine. The drug can be made in a makeshift lab that can fit into a suitcase.
Where are meth labs found?
- Clandestine labs known as "mom and pop" labs are found in rural, city and suburban residences; barns, garages and other outbuildings; back rooms of businesses; apartments; hotel and motel rooms; storage facilities; vacant buildings; and vehicles.
Why is meth production so dangerous?
- People who manufacture meth do so in labs that often result in explosions and fires. Any number of solvents, precursors and hazardous agents are found in unmarked containers at these sites. These hazardous chemicals can enter the central nervous system and cause detrimental health effects. Environmental damage is another consequence of these reckless actions.
What are the environmental hazards associated with meth?
- Each pound of meth produced leaves behind five or six pounds of toxic waste. This waste requires cleanup by a certified professional to properly remediate the chemical residue left behind.
How is meth administered?
- Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected or ingested orally. This means that in most meth houses the chemical substance can be found in multiple rooms, in the air ducts and on ceilings, walls and surfaces.
What risks are associated with meth?
- Increased risk of fire
- Chemical poisoning
- Breathing problems
What are signs of a meth lab?
- Unusual, strong odors similar to the that of fingernail polish remover or cat urine; renters who pay cash; large amounts of products such as cold medicines, antifreeze, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, coffee filters, batteries, duct tape, clear glass beakers and containers; and residences with windows blacked out and lots of nighttime traffic.
What should I do if I suspect my property has been contaminated with meth?
- Call a certified decontamination expert at Five Point Restoration 801-566-1577.