Meth Lab & Meth Cleanup for Oakridge Tennessee Residential and Commercial Property Owners
Meth cleanup and decontamination in Oakridge properties should be handled by trained professionals, call the gold standard in meth lab cleanup services serving Oakridge, Danconia Restoration 901-808-7036
In Oakridge, meth lab & meth cleanup from the manufacturing and use of meth, should be handled by trained professionals with extensive experience and very high service quality standards. Tennessee , like many other states, has a high incidence of meth usage and production, and although meth lab busts are on the decline in Tennessee , they are still of high concern. Proper cleanup and decontamination is critical to the health of all of those involved. There are many side affects to living with, and coming into contact with, the residue of meth cooking and usage. In order to ensure you, your tenants, family and friends and others involved remain safe and secure from these harmful effects, you need to hire the right team of decontamination professionals, remember you can’t always see these sometimes hidden contamination areas.
I suspect meth usage or manufacturing in one of my Oakridge properties what should I do?
Often times meth usage and manufacturing is suspected in ones property or by neighboring people, but those involved have no idea what steps to take in order to verify or deal with the potential situation. The best course of action is to call the local authorities and let them take over, dial 911 and leave it to the police. As a neighboring tenant you should then follow up to see what the result of the investigation yielded. Residue can travel, and having joint shared walls with a unit with meth usage history means you too could be exposed, and you should request that the landlord have the unit tested and cleaned, as well as yours. As a landlord, you should immediately take corrective action to remove the lab and decontaminate the area, or if usage was determined have the area cleaned and decontaminated so the next incoming tenant and their family will be safe.
Meth lab and meth cleanup in Oakridge , what you need to know about the law
Meth and meth lab cleanup, tear down, and decontamination is serious business and in TN there is plenty to go around. With increasing incidents of meth usage and manufacturing, TN authorities and government oversight agencies have taken or are considering taking an increasingly hard lined approach, at least county to county that is. In fact many counties are now requiring or considering cleanup standards, and more and more are considering regulating the cleanup of meth and meth labs to ensure the safety of everyone. If you suspect you need to cleanup a meth lab or premises from meth usage in Tennessee please consult your county health department or the state office of the EPA.
If you have any questions about the cleanup of a meth lab or decontamination from meth usage at your TN property please start by calling us here at Danconia Restoration for information, or alternatively the State EPA office.
TN Department of Environment and Conservation
312 Rosa L Parks Ave,
Nashville, TN 37243
If you have questions regarding local Oakridge regulations for meth cleanup and decontamination if any exist, please contact the county health department
Anderson County Health Department
710 N Main St
Clinton, TN 37716
Although unlikely, sometimes structural repairs are needed, in the event local permitting such as plumbing, electrical and building are required we will handle that for you during the cleanup process. If you have any questions prior to the project you can always call the local building department, contact details below, or give us a call, we would be happy to answer them for you.
Oakridge Building Department
200 S Tulane Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Meth and meth lab cleanup and decontamination and your legal liability as a property owner
It’s true that in many areas there are no regulations forcing you to cleanup a suspected or determined meth lab, or for that matter a property where even light meth usage is suspected, however there can be far reaching ramifications for ignoring the issue. In this case an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you suspect, have been told, or someone present notes to you the presence of meth usage or a meth lab and you ignore the warning and don’t clean up the contaminated area, you will be liable for any long reaching effects of the contamination on future tenants and visitors. If illness or death occurs from the unattended exposure you have extreme legal risk and liability. With many Tennessee insurance policies covering meth cleanup based on the policy language, there is no reason to avoid the meth cleanup and lab teardown. Even if your policy doesn’t have proper coverage, the cost to mitigate a meth lab contamination is pennies compared to legal litigation that can leave you in deep financial debt. Don’t ignore meth contamination; take care of cleaning it up with the professionals at Danconia Restoration.
Your TN insurance policy and provisions with regards to meth lab cleanup in Tennessee
Most insurance policies have coverage for meth lab and meth cleanup under the policies vandalism entitlements. If you need help understanding those entitlements please give us a call and we can help you understand what those entitlements and limits are so you can rest easy knowing that your cleanup and your insurance claim process will go as smoothly as possible.
We will be happy to assist you in navigating the complex world of insurance.We work with insurance on a regular basis and can act as a liaison between you and your insurance company. It is important for you to act quick when it comes to water damage to your commercial or residential property as most insurance policies require you to report and choose a water damage repair company within a certain time frame.
Important information you need to know when undertaking a meth lab or meth cleanup decontamination in Oakridge
If you are considering buying, renting, or selling a home or property that you suspect may have been at risk for meth production or usage, then testing prior to doing so is a critical first step. The only way to protect yourself, loved ones, and friends is to physically test for the presence of the chemical itself. The first step is to hire a proficient meth testing and decontamination company to determine if you have anything to worry about. Remember, the chemical itself is odorless, and can’t be seen, the residue must be tested for in area suspected of contamination. Testing can be done on a spot check basis, or for those properties with a high suspicion of use, a strict grid pattern set forth by a hygienist is often recommended.
- Like Smoke Damage, leaves a meth residue coating surfaces, in porous materials, and in forced-air heating/cooling (HVAC) systems.
- Possible Exposure Pathways from Meth Lab Residue:
- Dermal/Trans-Dermal (skin absorption)
- Ingestion through hand to mouth contamination particularly applicable to young children
- At Risk Populations to Methamphetamine Residue:
- Law Enforcement and other first responders
- Individuals with certain medical conditions
- Pregnant women
- Young children are a high risk population because they spend approximately 80%-90% of their time indoors. Infants and young children have greater exposure to air pollutants because they are rapidly growing. Children also have a higher rate of oxygen consumption per unit body weight and narrower airways than adults.
- Symptoms have been reported in law enforcement personnel and other first responders who have entered a drug lab before the site has been cleaned or ventilated.
- Health Concerns of the One Pot Method “Shake and Bake”:
- The shake and bake method is a pressurized mixture of hazardous and incompatible chemicals. Ephedrine/Pseudoephedrine is extracted from over the counter preparations. Then the ephedrine/pseudoephedrine is combined with anhydrous ammonia gas from the ammonia nitrate/sulfate in cold packs and lithium from batteries to produce methamphetamine.
- The final step to produce methamphetamine is the introduction of hydrochloric acid gas; which releases significantly more meth residue in comparison to the previous steps.
- The miniature hazardous waste vessel is portable and easy to conceal.
- Possible acute health effects from exposure to meth lab contaminants- during or immediately after ‘cooking’
- Lack of coordination
- Shortness of breath/cough
- Chest pain
- Chemical irritation or burns to skin, eyes, nose and mouth
- Possible chronic health effects from exposure to methamphetamine residue- exposure over time.
- Respiratory irritability
- Behavioral changes
- Neurological damage
- Liver and kidney damage
Others may exist
Additionally and of note, 2nd hand and 3rd hand meth use has not been studied greatly, however neighboring residents have tested positive for meth use from the pervasive smoke residue just from being in close proximity to their neighbors using and producing meth. If you suspect it’s use in close proximity call the authorities immediately! Dial 911.
- Inspection and Testing
- Disposal of Meth Lab Components and Materials
- Containment Barrier Setup
- Chemical Removal
- Perform a Clean Rinse
- Full Ventilation
- Post Clearance Testing (If Applicable)
- Issuance of Decontamination Certificate with Post Clearance Testing
Because the effects of meth exposure can be tragic and long reaching you should always test any suspected property before you purchase or rent. If you are selling a property or renting out a property that you know, or may suspect has been exposed to meth as a lab or even just during light usage you should have the property tested and remediated if tests come back positive. As a property owner you have an obligation to protect future owners and renters from harmful exposure legally speaking if you ignore what you know to be signs of property exposure. Save yourself the trouble and legal risk and get the property tested and remediated as necessary. Insurance typically covers cleanup under the vandalism clause, so the cost to do so is minimal compared to potential financial risk.
You may also need to notify the local authorities in the event you suspect a meth lab or meth usage is present nearby or in one of your properties.
Always dial 911 to be safe, especially if you feel you or anyone else is in harms way. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! We have also included the State Police Department details below for information on what steps to take to test for the presence of meth and it’s cooking or usage, or you can always call the professionals at Danconia Restoration and we can help you understand what steps you should be taking to get the process underway.
Oakridge Police Department
200 S Tulane Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Tennessee Highway Patrol
1291 S Walnut Ave
Cookeville, TN 38501
You have a meth contamination problem from a meth lab or meth usage at your Oakridge property, call the professionals at Danconia Restoration today and let us take the worry, and the contamination away, so you can make this headache a thing of the past! Call 901-808-7036 for your free consultation and estimate!