Meth-Busters is a division of Denver-based Summit Custom Builders, formed with the intent of giving back to the community. Meth-Busters was founded by Rick Fleenor, who received his certification from Meth Clean-up Co. After training in Salt Lake City, his expertise allows him to look beyond the typical “masking” techniques by meth users to hide their activity, and as a landlord he as tested his own properties.
Meth-Busters’ services are particularly to home owners, home buyers, home sellers, real estate agents, renters, investors and mortgage representatives. the chemicals used to cook meth are usually impossible to detect without the proper equipment and procedures. Meth-Busters’ comprehensive, half hour test covers 1,000 square centimeters in 10 separate locations. The test results will inform home owners whether they need to engage in specialized clean-up, thus safeguarding their families against the threat of respiratory and heart disease related to the issue of exposure to these chemicals.
Why have your home tested for meth contamination?
Nationwide the number of methamphetamine labs detected is skyrocketing. According to the Center for Disease Control, meth is considered the fastest growing illicit drug in America. With meth use on the rise, the chances of a residential property contaminated by meth are real and the health risks associated with meth contamination are very real as well.
Overall, meth use in Colorado increased from 14.9 percent of drug admissions in 1997 to 22.4 percent the first half of 2003. The illegal production of methamphetamine is booming in Colorado and while police are busting those labs by the dozens, a hidden threat remains left behind. Hundreds of families who have moved int former meth homes and apartments without knowing it may be suffering the hazardous health effects.
Law enforcement officials say meth is so prolific, for every lab thy shut down, nine others go undetected. In the three years from 2006-2009, there have been more than 1,000 meth lab seizures in Colorado alone.
Health Risks of Meth Exposure
The byproduct of the manufacturing of meth is toxic. Meth labs present a danger to the meth “cook” the community surrounding the lab and law enforcement personnel who discover the lab. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on hazardous substance-release events found that the meth labs caused injury to 79 first responders (police officers, firefighters, EMTs and hospital personnel) in 14 states participating in the study.
The most common injuries resulting from meth contamination include:
- Respiratory problems
- Skin and eye irritation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
More severe reaction to meth contamination may include:
- Lung damage
- Burns to the skin
Long-term exposure to meth contamination has yet to be determined. Individuals’ reactions to meth contamination will vary depending on how long you have been exposed, what chemicals you were exposed to and the current health of the individual.