Q&A With Les Tyler: "Cleaning Up Meth Houses?"

Hi Everyone!

Time for another great Q&A posting... We recently received this question from Kevin M:

"Hi Les,

First, let me say that I love your program - lots of good information, and probably the best out there online.  I have a question for you:  we've been contacted to clean up a meth lab house in Missouri, but I'm not sure we should do it.  Have you guys ever cleaned anything like this?  Can you give me your thoughts on this? "  Kevin M

Here's My Reply:

Hi Kevin,

I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying the Foreclosure Cleanup Cash program!  And thanks for the great question.  While we have cleaned up just about everything, we have not, and do not clean up properties used to manufacture meth.

The reason we don't clean these types of properties is because doing so is a dangerous procedure and requires employees to be exceptionally trained in the safety skills necessary to remove the hazardous subtances left behind in a former meth house.

Photo by Adam Brimer/News Sentinel

When a property is used as a meth lab, the entire structure of the house (walls, floors, furniture, interior fixtures) absorbs contaminants from the process and will continue to give off fumes, sometimes indefinitely. So the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) required, along with training of handling hazardous materials (and the subsequent disposal of these materials) generally is above and beyond the scope of a foreclosure cleanup company.

We have on occasion had to refer properties to be cleaned by hazmat trained professionals (environmental companies specifically trained in biological and chemical-hazardous materials removal), such as in the case of a suicide or another trajedy in the property. I recommend that you locate a few of these types of firms in your area and refer them the work if you encounter an opportunity to clean a property that involves hazardous materials clean up.

There's a great article from the Knox News about Eco-Ethics, a meth cleanup contractor in Tennessee.  You can check out the article heret
A Dirty, Dangerous Job Cleaning Up Meth Labs

Also, If you are interested in learning more about meth house cleanup, the University of Tennessee offers a "Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab Decontamination Contractor Class" (24 Hours)

Participants that successfully complete the training and State of Tennessee prerequisites will meet the training requirements to become a CML Decontamination Contractor and certified CML Hygienist.

Topics covered include

  • Obtaining a “Certificate of Cleanliness”
  • Tennessee-specific sampling requirements
  • Tennessee-specific decontamination requirements
  • Manufacturing methods
  • Toxicology
  • Requirements for assessing CMLs
  • Property cleaning methods
  • Health and safety program requirements
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Site assessments
  • Work plan development
  • Materials disposal requirements

To Learn More about Cleaning up Foreclosed Properties for Profit, You Can Check out Our Foreclosure Cleanup Cash Program by clicking Below:


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