Inside a meth lab cleanup

From testing to removing carpets and insulation, here's what it takes to rid a home of the toxic chemicals left behind after someone has cooked meth in a home.

Removing carpet and other materials

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Carpeting is torn up in a home that's been contaminated with meth.

Chemical vapors can penetrate soft surfaces like carpets and drapes, requiring cleanup crews to strip those materials from the home and dispose of them.

Meth contamination can also extend beyond a home's walls. Meth users often dump used paraphernalia in nearby woods or lots and these areas need to be decontaminated as well.

- Last updated February 12 2013 10:29 AM ET

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