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Cleaning a method house

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by Rosyrain, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I have heard that it is very dangerous to enter a home where method has been manufactured because the chemicals absorb into everything and make the house essentially poisonous. How do the professionals go about cleaning a method house and making it safe to live in again?
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  2. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I recently read an article about this. Apparently, the cleaners go in wearing hazmat suits and masks. They rip up all the flooring, get any paper off the walls, remove any fittings - including things like kitchen cabinets and light switch plates then steam and disinfect. The steaming process is then repeated and the house gets refurbished.

    It's quite a lot of work isn't it! It must be such an expense for landlords and I can only hope that this sort of operation is covered by their insurance.
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  3. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Sounds like a very expensive job, but I guess it has to be done because you just can't tear the place down. I would hate to live in a place that meth used to be used or manufactured in especially since I have kids.
  4. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I had no idea that it was like that. I have renovated houses that were once full of drug addicts. We found a bunch of old needles and other paraphernalia.
  5. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I would be afraid to walk into a house that hosted a lot of drug activity, let alone having to be the one to clean up such houses. It would be very scary and you would have to take a lot of health and safety precautions.
  6. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    Oh, yes... You can test positive just being going into a house that's used to make meth. That's why when Walter White moves to a real lab he starts wearing the suit while he cooking. Children have tested positive for meth just because they lived in an apartment next to someone who was cooking. If someone gets busted with a meth lab in an apartment the entire building will be evacuated if the lab is big enough.
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  7. singingintherain

    singingintherain Community Champion

    Lots of cities have cleaning companies that are equipped to deal with this sort of thing. These companies clean up chemical spills and other dangerous biohazard situations too. They have specialist equipment such as clothing and cleaning tools that enable them to do so safely.

    I wouldn't suggest you try to clean up somewhere like this yourself! It can be really dangerous to be around those chemicals.
  8. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Thanks for the information. It really makes you want to think twice and really research an apartment before moving in as you never know who your neighbors are. I heard that meth labs can actually blow up, so you could be in grave danger if your neighbor cooks meth.
  9. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    Speaking of math lab explosions, I saw this article a couple days ago 25 Scariest Meth Lab Explosions. The photos are kind of graphic, just a warning. But, since you're interested in the topic, I thought you might like to give it a look.
  10. Ali16

    Ali16 Senior Contributor

    I never knew people could test positive just by living in the next apartment from one where a meth lab is. Ugh, this makes me scared of living in an apartment now!
  11. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    There's tons of helpful information online to help you stay safe, I don't live in the nicest area so I've done some research and found some really informational articles. Here's one about the effects of third hand meth exposure, and here's one to help you identify the signs of a meth house. Be aware of your surroundings and stay safe!
  12. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I once had neighbors that smoked, what I hope, was cigs. My mom claimed that the job could test her at any time and was afraid she would test positive for drugs because their smoking was coming through our vents and closing them was not an option since it was winter and we need heat. Never knew that just living next to a meth lab could make you test positive.
  13. SarahWorksAtHome

    SarahWorksAtHome Community Champion

    We had neighbors that finally got evicted after months of trouble occuring day and night at their house and the landlady came over to ask us about the activity over there. I walked over to the house with her and the minute I walked in I turned around and walked right back out. Told her to go talk to the county and let them know it'd been a meth house. For days there were crews from construction companies and the narcotics task force coming and going. The house was vacant with work going on in there for months. I can't even begin to imagine what a severe financial hit the landlady took from that ordeal.
  14. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Senior Contributor

    I never had dealt with anyone who had been strung up on meth in my life. I guess I am lucky, but I do occasionally look pics of meth addicts and they are horrific. People who take meth have no clue of the harsh realities of what that drug would do to you in the aftermath. It is like you get mutated into something from a horror movie when you use meth.
  15. Carnold23

    Carnold23 Community Champion

    When a meth house needs to be cleaned the workers go in wearing full protection. Meth houses are ex tremor dangerous because of all the chemicals. I have heard to never buy a house that used to be a meth lab, because they can never really clean up all the chemicals. It can be extremely toxic to your family, even many years later. Meth is a terrible drug, it destroys everything it touches.