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You don't need to use meth to spread contamination

Tuesday 16 January 2018, 4:01PM
By Zach White
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AUCKLAND


When it comes to methamphetamine contamination, the risks are high when doing the cleaning yourself. Especially without an understanding of how either smoking or manufacturing of meth in a property can contaminate it. This is why you need a decontamination company like Chemcare to take care of your meth contamination problem. Our technicians understand how and where meth is absorbed into surfaces, where the meth contamination spreads through use, and methods on how to make sure it doesn’t spread further.


If methamphetamine is smoked in a property, the levels measured are going to be low, but still very likely to be at hazardous levels according the the Ministry of Health’s standards. But if the methamphetamine is cooked on the property, it is going to be at varying higher levels that will make the house uninhabitable. When the chemicals are released by smoking or cooking, they absorb into the walls and all other contents in the room. The high gloss surfaces such as doors, window frames and skirting, show higher levels of contamination as it isn’t absorbed as easily as porous wall surfaces. Chemcare’s technicians know that these are some of the 'high retention’ areas and focus on them when cleaning to make sure they can get your property to a safe level by MoH standards. 


The spread of the chemicals (used in methamphetamine production or use) can be devastating depending on where they are released. If meth is consumed in a kitchen or bathroom for example, it is likely to have spread through the ducting in your property. Unfortunately this means the ducting will need to be removed to prevent any further contamination to other rooms that might not be contaminated yet. Another example of contamination spread is from an occupant tracking the contamination from a room with higher levels to a room that may not have been smoked or cooked in. The chemicals that are released by meth use are described as ‘sticky’ and are easily transferred. For example, turning off a light switch in a contaminated room and then turning one on in an uncontaminated room means that the light-switch could now be contaminated.


Making sure our meth technicians are fully trained in the safest and most effective methods is important for ensuring your property is effectively decontaminated without any further spread of contamination. Chemcare follows the IICRC certified methods of decontaminating a property as safe practice. If hazardous chemical waste isn’t handled correctly, there is a chance for the contamination to spread again. Chemcare’s technicians are fully trained in in handing and disposal of these varying waste forms, which is why they are the experts.


With over a decade of experience in the decontamination industry, our technicians have seen numerous scenarios of meth contamination. From stripping out all hard and soft furnishings, to using a cleaning solution to decontaminate special or valuable belongings, Chemcare’s technicians are most definitely the experts in the industry. A growing team is allowing us to feed off each other’s experiences. If you want a consultation from one of our experts get in contact here: https://chemcare.co.nz/contact/