How to Estimate the Cost of Asbestos Removal
Asbestos is a mineral with long fibers that are durable and heat resistant. It is often used in building homes, car brakes and mining operations. If asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs, they remain for a long time and can cause cancer.
Asbestos is only dangerous if the fibers are torn and turned into smaller particles that are easily breathed in. It is essential to remove any damaged asbestos in your home to prevent illness.
Hire an independent inspector to test your home for asbestos. The inspector will test for asbestos in the air and in products such as boilers, furnace ducts, roofing and insulation. According to Costhelper.com, this can cost anywhere between $400 and $800 (as of December 2010) for an average-sized home. The data collected is then sent to a lab. Once the lab work is done, have the inspector retest to make sure that the initial data collected is correct. If your home is found to have asbestos, you'll need to hire a professional company to come remove it as soon as possible.
Removal of the asbestos will begin with the sealing off of the contaminated area from the rest of your house to prevent further contamination. Until the asbestos is removed completely, this space will be hazardous and off-limits to everyone except protected professionals. Hiring a professional may cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000 as of December 2010, according to Costhelper.com. If contamination isn't secluded to just one room, you may end up spending $30,000 for asbestos removal.
Retest for asbestos after the company is finished working. This will ensure that the job is complete and you can begin using the once-contaminated space again.
Asbestos does occur in very low levels in the air, so we do breathe it in daily. You should only be concerned about concentrations of asbestos higher than 0.0001 fibers per milliliter of air, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Read over all contracts before signing and make sure that the remover is a trained asbestos professional. If you must, contact state and local health departments to make sure that all regulations will be followed. The EPA website states that most products manufactured today do not contain asbestos, and will be labeled properly if they do. Generally, products that carry asbestos were manufactured before the 1970s.
Self-removal of asbestos from your home is highly discouraged, as the asbestos could be damaged during the process of removal, causing it to become airborne, or you may not be properly protected.