Before the 1970s, asbestos was used in a lot of building materials. It is commonly used in duct insulation, pipe insulation, vermiculite insulation, ceiling and wall insulation, cement asbestos siding, floor tiles (and adhesives for floor tiles), and as a contaminant.
This shouldn’t be a cause for concern. You should not disturb asbestos-containing materials within your home if they aren’t damaged. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s much more dangerous to disturb them. Most states require you to disclose asbestos to potential buyers.
If you are planning to do remodeling which will cause damage to the materials, it is best to remove them.
Asbestos Removal Basics
It is a two-step process. To ensure that the material is free of asbestos, first test it. Next, have it professionally removed. Here are the facts:
- To learn more about the local regulations and requirements, contact your regional asbestos program, your state asbestos administrative office or your Occupational safety and Health Administration region office.
- Look for accredited contractors and inspectors who are trained and licensed in safe asbestos testing.
- Avoid conflict of interest by having suspect materials tested by one company, and their abatement or removal done another.
- Prepare. Sometimes, your family and you may need to temporarily move while the work is completed.
Hiring a Corrective-Action Contractor for Asbestos Removal
As long as they are trained in asbestos removal, it’s okay to hire roofing and flooring contractors. If you are looking for corrective action contractors, the EPA has suggestions.
You will need a written contract to clearly state all federal, state and local regulations the contractor must adhere to. This includes cleanup of your premises and disposal.
After the job is completed, ask the contractor to provide written evidence that they have followed all the procedures. Have a licensed asbestos inspector do a follow-up check.
Asbestos Removal Costs
An initial asbestos inspection costs $200 to $800.
The method used will affect the cost of testing. Asbestos dust sample testing is the cheapest, at $120 per test. An average professional will perform a physical asbestos test. It costs $500. Professional air inspections and tests cost on average $1,200.
Costs for asbestos removal vary depending on how extensive the job is. No matter how small or large the job, many contractors charge a minimum of $800-1,500.
A 1,500-square foot home could require asbestos removal in auckland. This includes walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and pipes.
To determine the success of your work, you will need to have a second inspection done after asbestos has been removed. To avoid conflicts of interest, it is best to hire a different company to inspect the asbestos removal.