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How to Prevent Meth Damage in Your Motel

Methamphetamine is a horrific, extremely addictive illegal substance that proficient makers can produce in a matter of hours. Unfortunately, meth cooks are drawn to hotels and motels because they allow them a safe and incognito space to operate. Not only is it bad for business to have customers cooking meth in your hotel or motel, but the process leaves rooms absolutely wrecked.

Harmful chemicals and substances produced during the making of meth can linger on surfaces forever unless they are properly cleaned, sticking onto countertops or in carpets. This is why it’s important to speak with a professional meth cleaning service to keep your staff and customers safe from the harm that breathing in these substances causes.

Meth damage can happen fast, and the goal of hotels and motels is to have a fast turnaround for rooms. This becomes impossible if a meth operation has rendered one of your rooms inhabitable. The unfortunate fact is, this happens much more frequently than you may realize. Thankfully, there are ways you can prevent and get help with these scary situations.

Preventing Meth Damage in Your Hotel

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Time is of the essence when it comes to meth damage clean-up. The longer any one of your rooms is in an unlivable or unsafe condition, the greater your loss of income will be. Your business shouldn’t suffer because of someone’s illegal activity, so build a relationship with a trusted, local restoration contractor who can test for meth to prevent problems before they even start, and so that you have the help you need available to you.

A sense of safety and security is important for both customers and employees. Knowing a professional restored your property will give everyone a sense of ease and allow your core staff to focus on their duties instead of tackling a task that they are not trained for. Not only will we ensure all laws and regulations are followed during the restoration process, but we can also save you tons of money by restoring damaged property you thought you had to replace.

One way you can prevent this from happening in your business is to properly train staff members on how to identify these situations when they arise. Some common things you may notice in the event of a meth operation taking place in a room include:

  • Chaotic condition of room, “trashed”
  • Overflowing wastebaskets
  • Destroyed bedding and towels
  • Pungent or putrid odor in room
  • Evidence of making meth may be left behind (lab equipment)

Protecting Your Staff From Meth Damage

The effects of third-party meth exposure that staff and customers may experience if a room is not properly cleaned and restored are not unlike the effects felt by actual meth-users. However, the severity of effects will depend on the amount of meth contamination in the room and the length of time a person is subjected to it. The symptoms to keep an eye out for include:

  • Watery, red, and burning eyes, often accompanied by discharge and pain
  • Skin irritations, redness, and rashes
  • Chest and/or abdominal pain and diarrhea
  • Chronic sneezing and coughing and shortness of breath
  • Negative effects on the central nervous system
  • Congestion of the voice box and other throat problems
  • Moderate or severe headaches
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Yellow jaundice
  • Fever
  • Decrease in mental capabilities
  • Hallucinations

If an employee exhibits any of these symptoms, serious consideration must be given to the prospect that there may be meth on the premises.

Alpha-omega is Here to Help With Meth Clean-up in Montana

If you are faced with meth use in your hotel or motel, it’s critical that you get professional help as soon as possible in order to protect your guests, team, and property. Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration is the preferred local commercial and residential disaster restoration company serving south-central Montana including Billinngs, Billings West End, Billings Heights, Laurel, Red Lodge.

As a Montana-Certified methamphetamine lab cleanup contractor, Alpha-Omega has the knowledge and tools to decontaminate your property so it is safe for occupants. We also provide fire restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and cleaning services to Billings-area residents and businesses. Contact us today and let us know how we can help.

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