On average, asbestos removal costs about $1,895. Asbestos removal prices ranged from $1,093 to $2,717 in the US for 2019. Whole-home asbestos removal costs can range anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 depending on setup.
Cost of Asbestos Inspection
A preliminary asbestos inspection costs $400 to $800. The follow-up inspection when the project is completed adds anywhere from $200 to $400 according to HouseLogic. To get lab work done, a sample sent for testing averages from $25 to $75.
Average Asbestos Removal Costs
Asbestos removal cost varies depending on how extensive the work that needs to be done is. A lot of contractors have a minimum fee of $1,500 to $3,000, even if the project is small.
Complete removal in a 1,500-square-foot house with asbestos in the walls, ceilings, roof, floors, attic, pipes, and basement— costs could reach as high as $20,000 to $30,000. Sealing the area with asbestos is the most expensive responsible for nearly 65% of the total bill.
Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used abundantly in building materials before the 1970s. It’s typically found as pipe and duct insulation, wall and ceiling acoustical tiles, vermiculite attic insulation, floor tiles (and their adhesives), cement asbestos siding.
Don’t let that scare you, though. If the asbestos-containing materials in your home are not damaged, you can leave them alone. It’s a lot more dangerous to disturb them, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a lot of states, you are required to divulge the presence of any asbestos to potential buyers of your home.
Having said that, if you plan on doing remodeling that will disturb the materials, total removal of them is the best option.
Asbestos Ceiling Tile Removal Cost
Removal of ceiling tiles costs around $5 and $15 per square foot. Popcorn ceilings or acoustic ceilings with a specialty thick sealant for between $2 and $6 per square foot. If your ceiling comes back negative for asbestos, the removal of popcorn ceilings cost $1,600 on average.
Average Asbestos Cleanup Costs in Ducts
Licensed professionals will include the cost of cleaning ducts if they removed asbestos from the ductwork. Test and inspect the ducts prior to regular cleanings. Costs will vary depending on the shape, length, accessibility, and type of duct system you have.
Asbestos Flooring & Floor Tile Removal Cost
Average cost of removing asbestos from flooring is about $5 to $15 per square foot. Floor tiles and the mastic used to glue them down requires mechanical removal. Almost all tile remediation only requires you encapsulate it and then directly cover it with new flooring. Installing new flooring will cost from $1,500 to $4,500.
Asbestos Pipe Insulation & Wrap Removal
In addition to the setup fees of $2.50 to $10 per square foot, the removal of pipe wrap runs an additional $2 to $5 per linear foot. Difficult to access areas can increase the cost further.
Asbestos Removal Hourly Labor Cost
According to HomeAdvisor, “On average, you’ll pay $75 to $200 per hour for labor per crew member. It takes a two-person crew an average of 8 hours to complete a typical project with a cost of $1,200 to $3,200.”
Asbestos Removal Costs Per Square Foot
Asbestos removal costs per square ft range from $10 to $20 per sq. ft. on average according to HomeGuide.
- Ceiling Tile: $2 to $15 per sq. ft.
- Floor Tile: $5 to $15 per sq. ft.
- Pipe Insulation & Wrap Removal: $2 to $10 per sq. ft.
- Roof: $20 to $120 per sq. ft.
- Drywall or Wall: $2 to $6 per sq. ft.
Asbestos Removal Basics
It’s a two-step process. First, the material needs to be tested to guarantee it contains asbestos. If it does come back containing asbestos, have it removed professionally. Here’s what you will need to know:
Contact your state asbestos administrative department as well as your regional asbestos program as or your Occupational Safety and Health Administration regional office to find out more about your local regulations and requirements.
Find certified asbestos inspectors and contractors that are trained and licensed in safe asbestos testing and removal.
To stay away from a conflict of interests, have suspected materials tested by one company and removal or abatement completed by a different one.
Prepare yourself–in some cases, you and your family might have to relocate temporarily while the asbestos is being removed.
Hiring a Corrective-Action Contractor
It’s okay to hire flooring, roofing, and siding contractors that could be exempt from state asbestos removal licensing provisions, just as long as they’re trained in asbestos removal. The EPA offers recommendations on what to do if you hire a corrective-action contractor.
Before work starts, you will want a written contract that undeniably states all federal, state, and local guidelines that the contractor is required to follow, like the cleanup of your property and disposal of the asbestos.
When the job is finished, acquire written proof from the contractor that every procedure was followed correctly. Have a follow-up inspection from a licensed asbestos inspector.
- Walker, Jan Soults. “Asbestos Removal: Caution and Costs.” HouseLogic, HouseLogic, 18 Sept. 2018, https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/asbestos-removal/.
- “Learn How Much It Costs to Remove Asbestos.” HomeAdvisor, https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/environmental-safety/remove-asbestos/.
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