What are clandestine labs?
Typically referred to as drug labs these include illicit and non-illicit substances such as cannabis, methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and other lesser-known substances.Clandestine labs are found in many types of buildings but most often in residential homes. Some criminals are quite good at hiding their lab and it isn’t always discovered until after they have left the premises or an accident has occurred (such as an explosion). Despite the best efforts of landlords, sometimes these things happen under the radar. Since there are no regulations for producing illegal drugs, the quantity and type of substances in these sites vary extensively.
Residential homes previously used for clandestine labs can pose health concerns for those re-occupying the home. The probability that residual chemicals will lead to adverse health effects depends on the amount of exposure and the toxicity of the residues. Labs contain a variety of contaminants and by-products that do not have predictable health effects. Infants and children are most at risk of exposure to residual chemicals.
For further information check out the link to RCMP page for clandestine labs below.
How do I know if my home had an illegal drug lab?
Even if the site looks clean, meth residue or other chemical wastes are likely to still be present.
There can be some obvious signs like drug paraphernalia, burn marks, leftover plants and residue, and reports from neighbours.
These environments are also likely to have seen things like toxic fumes, small explosions, poisonous gases, and residue causing issues like chemical burns and respiratory issues. Our removal and remediation processes are thorough, affecting both the interior and exterior of the building. If you suspect your property contained an illicit lab, contact Harbour Hazmat to get it properly cleaned.
Remediations based on the severity of contamination
and HEPA Air Scrubbers
The Clearance Letter is an important document for any sort of legal claims you may have against the criminal that operated the drug lab, or for applying for some mortages and insurance policies. It is also useful if the space will be rented to future tenants.
Our clearance letter helps protect landlords and tenants, so both parties are aware of the safety and cleanliness of the site. Landlords can continue to rent out their properties and tenants can feel safe in their environment knowing they are no longer in danger of accidentally ingesting harmful substances left behind.
How much does it cost to clean illicit labs?
Our estimations are based on the severity and size of the project. Contact Harbour Hazmat for a free estimate on clandestine lab clean-up services.