Able Clean-up Technologies, Inc. is a licensed decontamination drug lab contractor with the Washington State Department of Health. Since hazardous chemicals are used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, contamination of structural materials, furnishings, wastewater systems, and soils can occur. ACT personnel are licensed with the Health Department for sampling and contamination reduction procedures.
Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful, highly toxic, addictive drug that is illegally "cooked" in makeshift labs. Meth can be found in the form of pills, capsules, powder or chunks; it can be smoked, snorted, injected or eaten. Meth was first manufactured in 1880.
Clandestine drug labs are found in all neighborhoods and in most of our cities and towns. From manufactured homes to new houses to recreational vehicles, methamphetamine drug labs can be set up and taken down in hours leaving a contaminated site unfit for occupation. When a drug lab is discovered, the homeowner is responsible for the costs of decontamination. Rental properties are at significant risk for being used as a drug lab.
When ACT is called to a suspected clandestine drug lab property, we perform pre-decontamination sampling to determine the degree of contamination. Once the results come back from the lab and the health department is notified, decontamination may begin. ACT removes all materials from the house that are contaminated, including carpets and appliances. Once the house has been emptied of debris the decontamination process begins. Through state-of-the-art procedures, the ceilings, walls, and floor surfaces are cleaned and disinfected, and all contamination is removed. Post decontamination sampling is done on the site to ensure that proper decontamination has occurred.
Able Clean-up Technologies, Inc. has been a certified drug lab responder for the last five years for Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. In clandestine drug lab responses, ACT is called and a team of HAZMAT Certified workers are dispatched to respond to the location. Once at the location, ACT employees work with the local Drug Task Force or Law Enforcement officials to remove the bulk chemicals and equipment. In Washington state, the Department of Ecology is the primary initial responder to drug labs.