Meth Lab Testing and meth lab Cleanup Services
Meth labs can be found anywhere, proper clean-up is necessary to protect the health of homeowners, tenants and building occupants. Titan strictly adheres to the standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and applicable state regulations to clean up and decontaminate your property in a safe, effective manner utilizing state of the art industry guidelines/practices. Fortunately, Titan can provide a thorough pre-assessment of your property prior to any decontamination efforts to identify hazardous materials and surface contamination associated with meth labs and use. Meth labs are clandestine or secret, where methamphetamine is manufactured (cooked), stored and/or used. Meth labs can be found anywhere. They have been discovered in abandoned and occupied buildings, trailers, homes, apartments, hotels and other businesses in rural areas and small towns, large cities and suburban neighborhoods. Residual meth contamination from former Meth Labs or even Meth Use can remain on surfaces throughout the home long after those responsible are gone resulting in toxic residues, fumes and vapors. Potentially deadly chemicals can enter the body by inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin. Meth use and the production of meth can cause serious health problems not only in the users, but also to home buyers and property managers who are unintentionally or unknowingly exposed. The toxicity can cause skin irritations, respiratory problems and adverse health effects to vital organs. Due to lack of disclosure laws during the Real Estate transaction process, thousands of properties are contaminated and re-sold.
Using the right remediation contractor is an essential and key part of any meth lab clean up and decontamination project. Hiring an experienced, insured and certified contractor is your only assurance that a healthy indoor environment will be restored to the property you own or manage. When it comes to professional Meth Lab Clean Up services, Titan has some of the most experienced and efficient technicians in the industry dedicated to the health and safety of your family and/or residents occupying the properties you manage. It is important to know how to spot a meth lab and to know what to do if you suspect you have encountered one. If you suspect that you may be buying or even managing properties that have been former Meth Labs or have been or are occupied by Meth Users, call Titan for a free consultation.
What to look for
• Unusual, strong odors (like ammonia, ether, acetone or other chemicals).
• Windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, plywood, sheets, blankets, etc.
• Unusual behavior of tenants often denying access to the dwelling. Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
• Lots of traffic – people coming and going at unusual times especially at night.
• Excessive trash including large amounts of antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, Heat (gas line antifreeze) containers, red or rust stained coffee filters, drain cleaner, blister-packs from cold medicines, match books, lithium batteries, empty salt containers, microwave ovens, camp stoves, and duct tape.
• Glass containers, i.e., mason jars, lab beakers, etc.
• Propane tanks with corroded valves
• Secretive / protective area surrounding the residence (video cameras, alarm systems, guard dogs, reinforced doors, electrified fencing).
• Persons exiting the structure to smoke
Common items used in manufacturing meth
• Anhydrous ammonia commonly stored in propane tanks (corroded or blue / green tinged valves)
• Red phosphorous
• Over-the-counter cold medicines such as Sudafed in the blister packs
• Lithium batteries, match books, camp fuel, Heat
• Rock salt, iodine, peroxide, alcohol (there are over 160 chemicals that can be used in the manufacturing process)
• Coffee filters, funnels, plastic tubing, mason jars
• Camp stoves, microwaves
What to do if you suspect a meth lab
• Call law enforcement immediately – 911
• Do not attempt to handle the situation or alert the suspects of your suspicions.
• Do not enter the property or touch anything associated with a lab. Breathing the fumes or handing items associated with a meth production lab can be harmful and even cause death. Drug labs should be entered only by trained professionals with the proper protective equipment including suits, boots, gloves and respirators.
• If you suspect you LIVE in a former meth lab, vacate the premises immediately until it has been tested. Check with local law enforcement to know if your home was involved in a Meth raid and check the DEA’s list of former meth labs.
Tear Gas Contamination Clean-Up Services
Titan offers professional tear gas contamination clean-up throughout the Midwest and beyond. Tear gas contamination clean-up is something most cities, towns, property owners and homeowners never expect to need, but fortunately, Titan is here to help.
• Law Enforcement’s initial and primary tool to incapacitate, (to capture and remove), is the use of CN (chloroacetophenone) or CS (o-chlorobenzalmalonitrile) Tear Gas. CS, CN tear gas is known as a non-lethal weapon used to diminish the dangers of certain situations but has proven to be very harmful when a property is exposed.
• When used, the force of the projectile (canister or torpedo) is sufficient to penetrate triple pane windows and then penetrate walls into wall cavities. The tear gas explosion releases a substance that quickly turns into a white or reddish dusty residue. Depending on the number of canisters/torpedoes fired into the property, tear gas residue will settle on all surfaces and accumulate from 1/8 inch on up. The gas and its residue become absorbed into every element of the property from the ceilings to the floors to the furnishings to ventilation systems and every inch in-between.
• Tear gas residue clean-up is very labor intensive. Any agitation during the clean-up can cause existing tear gas residue to activate, making cleanup very difficult for even the most experienced workers with full and proper Personal Protective Equipment.
Health Risks of Tear Gas
• Contact/Exposure: Tear gasses irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs, and cause tearing, coughing, burning, and stinging sensations, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. At higher concentrations, exposure can cause stomach irritation leading to vomiting and diarrhea.
• Cleanup is essential and tear gas clean-up is not a cleaning job to try to do on your own.
• Whether the property is residential, commercial, industrial or even public, Titan has the techniques, tools, equipment, specialists and experience to completely remove all contaminants left behind from the use of Tear Gas.
Call Titan Kansas City today at 913-432-5500 to get all your questions answered and an assessment scheduled with one of our qualified professionals.