When we think of clean-up, we often think we can do it ourselves. While this is the case in some circumstances, it’s not always the case with others. When dealing with Asbestos, Methamphetamine, or Infectious diseases, the proper training and equipment are vital in protecting the health and safety of everyone involved. Please see below for a few examples of the hazardous materials and the risks associated with remediation.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. When asbestos is broken or crushed, it releases microscopic fibers into the air which when inhaled, can become lodged into the lungs, over time can cause severe health conditions such as Asbestosis, Lung Disease, and Mesothelioma. Asbestos was added to many products to make them stronger, last longer, and to make these materials fire-resistant. Asbestos is present in many products that we still use today.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive narcotic that affects the central nervous system. Methamphetamine can cause heart damage, panic, hallucinations, and other severe mental health issues. In some circumstances, if directed by a medical care professional can treat ADHD and weight loss but is not often used due to the harmful effects on your health. Unfortunately, Methamphetamine is often used as an illegal narcotic and is very inexpensive to make. Methamphetamine is often illegally produced in homemade labs which, can be located anywhere. During the production of Meth, dangerous byproducts such as toxic vapors, and unstable compounds that can explode if not handled properly.
Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic living organisms that include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can be extremely contagious and cause severe health issues. The most common way these organisms are spread person to person is through bodily fluid. Most often by coughing, sneezing, close contact, or coming into contact with infected surfaces.
What You Need to Know Before You Seek Specialized Cleaning Services
Before considering performing any remediation, please take some time to research and understand the following.
- Dangers associated with the type of material
- Equipment necessary
- The removal and disposal process
- The appropriate safety equipment to use
- Disposal methods
These types of remediation projects are hazardous and strictly monitored by the CDC and EPA. These organizations have specific guidelines for the removal and disposal of each of these materials. In certain circumstances, homeowners are not permitted to perform the removal or disposal by the EPA. By bringing in trained professionals who understand the hazards and proper procedures to complete the process will ensure that the job will be completed following the guidelines set forth by the EPA and CDC. We highly recommend that you call in a cleaning service that specializes in the type of hazardous remediation that you require.