Vehicle Methamphetamine Decontamination

by | Aug 18, 2017 | Auto Decontamination | 3 comments

Early 2017, Juvenaire launched its Auto Decontamination Division to fill the demand for a growing number of vehicle restorations. Juvenaire restores vehicles contaminated by mould, fire, odours, water damage and especially  methamphetamine smoke residue. We have, since the launch of AutoDecon, been receiving a large number of cars contaminated with methamphetamine. This is due to the large boom in the use of meth in the QLD state and it being smoked by thieves in stolen vehicles.

Our team has successfully remediated the vehicles using the latest and best techniques in the restoration industry. There have been many reports of clandestine laboratories and the manufacture of homemade meth. They are known to contaminate properties as the chemicals released while cooking as well as smoking meth is highly dangerous for humans. Those that smoke meth do so at home and also in their cars. Criminals that steal vehicles are also often found to be meth smokers that leave behind toxic meth smoke residue.

When smoking meth, small particles present in the smoke is dispersed on all nearby surfaces in the vehicle. Residue and fumes then penetrate the ventilation and air conditioning system as well as the seats, dashboard and carpets. This can prove to be hazardous to health, even in small amounts.

Juvenaire provides high quality meth cleaning for cars with our established and effective decontamination procedure. Juvenaire’s vehicle methamphetamine decontamination involves:

1. Visual Inspection for Sharps

The first step that we follow through with when we receive a suspected methamphetamine contaminated car is to inspect the vehicle for sharps. Sharps are usually needles, syringes, broken bottles or glass, pipettes and are removed carefully to prevent any health hazards. 

2. Packing Personal Items

If there are any personal goods remaining in the car, our team will pack and store them securely for collection.

3. Meth Testing

The contamination from smoking meth is not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, before we proceed with an extensive cleaning and decontamination process, it is very important that we conduct surface meth tests. This indicates to us whether the vehicle is contaminated or not.

Testing for meth contamination within a vehicle with a surface test kit.

If the results come back positive, we highly recommended that the car is professionally cleaned by trained technicians. 

4. Positive Meth Testing

If the surface meth tests indicate that it is in fact contaminated, our Project Manager will provide a quotation along with a report to inform the insurance company (if required) of the costs.

5. Cleaning Process

A meth contaminated car requires a thorough cleaning to treat the toxic smoke residue. The vehicle’s seats will need to be removed and treated by specialty cleaning agents. The interior of the vehicle is then disinfected and thoroughly sanitised. The vehicle may need to be treated several times depending on the level of contamination.

6. Second Testing

It is very important to proceed with another testing after the cleaning of a contaminated vehicle. This second testing will indicate to us if the car has been completely decontaminated and safe for human occupancy. If the test returns a positive reading, another round of treatment will be required.

If you are the owner of a suspected meth contaminated car, contact Juvenaire for further information or to obtain a quotation on 1300 550 960 or email us:

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