Methamphetamine Removal & Remediation
Jim’s Hazardous Materials Removal offer comprehensive, tailored packages for the testing and remediation of properties that have been exposed to methamphetamine manufacturing.
With a strong focus on customer service and confidentiality, Jim’s Hazardous Materials Removal technicians are highly skilled, experienced and committed to best work practices to ensure successful and stress free remediation, every time.
What is methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, chalk, ice and crystal it is a white, odorless, bitter tasting powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.
Meth labs in New Zealand are a growing problem and a big community issue. Making or cooking meth requires very little training or experience, chemicals or equipment, which means meth labs can be found almost anywhere – in houses, apartments, cars, storage units and motorhomes.
During the methamphetamine cooking process, dangerous chemical residue can seep into soft furnishings, carpets, walls and even ceilings, which can cause serious health risks for anyone exposed, particularly young children.
Signs of methamphetamine at your property
Common warning signs that your property may have been used as a meth lab include:
- Strong odours (acrid, sour, solvents, ammonia)
- Discolouration of structures, soil and pavement
- Burns, unusual stains, yellowed walls and rust in strange places such as on window fittings or door handles.
- General unwellness in the household – particularly in children
But you can do something about it. Call Jim’s Hazardous Materials on 0800 454 654 to arrange a quote which includes the initial site inspection.
The four-step removal proces
Onsite survey and inspection
Jim’s Hazardous Material Removal will manage the methamphetamine inspection, removal and remediation process from start to finish.
A preliminary assessment of the property will identify likely affected areas of the home and initiate the development of the master remediation plan.
The remediation plan/scope of works, will start with a description of the property – layout, adjacent properties, size and locations of rooms, ventilation systems, a description of interior surfaces as well as noting any fixtures and furnishings that are on site.
Jim’s Hazardous Material technicians will confirm the methamphetamine cooking or manufacturing method and document areas that look to have sustained the heaviest contamination. They will investigate whether disposal occurred in or around the property – burning, dumping, burying etc – and test whether any systems such as plumbing or electrical have been damaged.
Other hazardous materials such as asbestos or mould will also be identified and included in the remediation plan.
Pre-forensic testing by Jim’s Building Inspections
Once Jim’s Hazardous Material Removal have assessed the property it is recommended that a swab test for the presence of meth be conducted on the home. This swab test is completed by Jim’s Building Inspections.
This test can single out contaminated areas and pinpoint any furnishings or materials too contaminated to be cleaned. Pre-forensic testing is essential to:
- Confirm the conditions before remediation begins
- To ensure the wellbeing and safety of any person working onsite
- To meet sampling requirements needed by banks, insurance companies and property owners
- To help establish remediation costs.
If further testing is required, Jim’s Building Inspections will contract a forensic hygienist to conduct the lab test for the presence of meth in the property.
Forensic hygienists work with local councils and remediators to ‘clean up’ former meth lab sites. They work in accordance with the National Clandestine Drub Laboratory Remediation Guidelines and conduct validation testing both pre and post remediation works to confirm that the site has been successfully remediated and is safe and hazard free.
Meth lab remediation by Jim’s Hazardous Material Removal
The remediation action plan is confirmed based on the pre-forensic testing results and technicians can now begin the cleanup.
To remediate affected areas to a safe and hazard-free condition the following steps may be taken:
- Remove and dispose of any loose material including household items, furniture, personal belongings etc.
- Remove and dispose of any biohazard material
- Decontaminate and treat all internal surfaces contaminated, as indicated on the site survey
- Flush all drains, sinks, toilets and outside drains with specialized neutralizing chemicals
- Clean any ventilation and air conditioning systems affected by checmicals
- High pressure clean paved surfaces and contaminated structural elements of the property
- Soil check of outside chemical disposal sites
- Clean wall surfaces, floor surfaces and ceiling surfaces
Jim’s Hazardous Material Removal use advanced technologies, safe and environmentally friendly chemicals to combat the effects of meth in the home.
Post forensic testing and final report
Following the remediation process the property will be retested by a forensic hygienist for methamphetamine and samples sent to an independent laboratory for analysis.
This is probably the most important stage of the remediation process – the clearance testing determines whether the property has been remediated to a safe, bio-hazard and chemical free state and in accordance with Australian standards.
Once the property is deemed safe, Jim’s Hazardous Material will provide a validation report and sign off for re-habitation.
The final report will be available to clients and includes the following:
- Thorough case narrative including information found in the very first site inspection report, law enforcement reports, test results and a list of all professionals involved in the remediation process.
- Methods and processes undertaken to remediate the meth lab including the remediation action plan, workers safety and procedures used to decontaminate the property and waste management.
- Results indicating the property has been cleaned and decontaminated to Australian standards and fit for habitation. Lab results are also included.
Clean up costs
The cost of methamphetamine remediation very much depends on the property and the extent of decontamination that is required.
The primary areas of cost can include:
- Size of property and the type of structure
- Accessibility to the property
- Amount of waste and contaminated materials that need to be discarded
- Presence of asbestos or other hazardous materials
- Contamination levels
- Specialist engagement of pre and post remediation forensic testing
- Inclusion of refurbishment costs
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