Clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, also known as meth labs, have been an increasing problem throughout Colorado and across the United States. Meth lab seizures have increased threefold in the past three years.
Meth production contaminates the entire production area, including surfaces, furnishings, drains, and ventilation systems. In Colorado, if your property has been contaminated by meth, you have two choices:
- Level the property and rebuild.
- Have it professionally cleaned and decontaminated by a trained and certified restoration company.
If you choose to professionally clean and restore the property, make sure the restoration team you hire is fully trained in meth lab cleanup. They should be fully aware of state laws, and how to ensure cleanup is performed in a method that will pass final inspection.
In addition to a restoration company, you must also choose a certified industrial hygienist. They may not be associated in any way with the restoration company. Their primary function will be to oversee the process, and ensure cleanup standards are met.
In general, meth lab clean up follows very specific standards. While the certified industrial hygienist will certify the results of the standards have been met, it’s up to the restoration company to complete the job according to the standard. Hiring the right company is imperative to get your property back to its original condition in a timely and safe way.