The Importance of Proper Meth Cleanup & Remediation

According to, there were 107 meth labs seized during 2010 in Louisiana. Are you or someone you know living in a meth contaminated home? Has a proper meth cleanup taken place? If you live in a home that has been contaminated by meth use or meth production, the dangerous residue can remain in the house.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration reports that methamphetamine is the third greatest drug threat in the Greater New Orleans area and the greatest drug threat in Louisiana. Which means more people are smoking meth in homes. If you’re concerned you may live in a meth affected house, it’s important you contact a meth cleanup company. You’ll be educated about the drug and chemicals that could be in your home.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is an addictive psychostimulant drug whose effects are similar to cocaine. Users get an intense feeling of pleasure, like cocaine, but meth’s effects last longer. It’s easy to make, because commonly available ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, are used. Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, swallowed, or snorted, and it’s less expensive than cocaine, which is why it’s more popular.

How Does Meth Affect Meth Users?

People who choose to take meth will experience rapid speech, periods of high energy, increased body temperature, and rapid heartbeat. When it’s abused, large doses of meth can cause hallucinations, violent behavior, paranoia, and insomnia. Depending on how the drug is ingested, the euphoric feeling can last from 6 to 24 hours. 

What is the Risk of Being Exposed to Meth Lab Chemicals?

Home-cooked meth can spread toxins into every corner of the room where the meth was manufactured. If you live in a home that was once contaminated through meth production or use, you could experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and nose, and throat irritation. If children are in the home, they are at a higher risk of developing these symptoms, because their tendencies are to play on the ground or put things in their mouths. 

What if My Home Has Been Used to Produce or Smoke Meth?

The first thing you should do is contact a meth lab remediation company in Louisiana to test your home to see if smoking or manufacturing has taken place. Technicians will gather samples to examine prior to meth cleanup, and if the results are positive, the remediation company will provide you with a complete remediation plan. The remediation company will follow many procedures to properly clean the property including cleaning HVAC ductwork and systems, plumbing and waste lines, and all surfaces and flooring. Once the property has been cleaned, the meth remediation company will test the home again to ensure proper execution of all procedures so your home is safe.

Meth contamination isn’t something to be ignored. If you suspect your property may have chemicals remaining from meth and you need a proper meth cleanup service, contact Xtreme Cleaners immediately.