1. Asbestos removal cost per square foot?

Asbestos removal costs depend largely on the size of the job. There is a wide range of cost per hour. It can be $200-$700 per hour. Why such the high price tag? Removing asbestos can be dangerous work, which requires specialized equipment and gear. Some costs involved are :
• Eyewear- $20.00 per unit
• Respirators -$150.00 per unit
• Disposable Coveralls – $50.00 per unit
• Boots- $30.00 per units
• Disposable Gloves- $10.00 per box
• HEPA Vacuum – $1000
There are many more pieces of equipment needed, but this is just a general idea of where the cost comes from for this type of work. So if you have a minor asbestos problem such as pipe insulation, to remove the asbestos from a 10 ft section is around $400-$650. Other smaller jobs could be as little as $1500.00, but if you have asbestos throughout your home, including walls, floors, ceiling, pipes, attic, shingles, and siding the cost could be upwards of $20,000.00 +, with the average cost per square ft between $1.95-$2.50
Before you are shocked at the price. The first step is getting your home tested for asbestos. Nothing can be done until you are sure you have asbestos in your home.

2. Does Homeowners insurance cover asbestos removal?

Generally homeowners insurance does not cover asbestos removal. But to be certain it is in your best interest to check your own policy to see if it does or doesn’t.

3. What is asbestos abatement?

There term asbestos abatement is a broad phrase that includes different ways of removing asbestos. It can be completely removed, that is taken out of the home or business. It can be encapsulated or enclosed, which means there is a barrier between the asbestos and the room. An example of encapsulated would be laying drywall over top of a wall that contains asbestos. This way the affected wall will not be disturbed causing any fibers to become airborne. Basically abatement covers all the ways of dealing with removing it.

4. How much is asbestos testing?

There are two ways you can have asbestos testing done. You can purchase a DIY kit for around $30 -$60 and typically take 2-3 weeks to get the results. So less expensive than hiring a pro. The disadvantage to DIY kits is you are potentially dealing with hazardous materials. Asbestos fibers spread quickly, and you can breathe them in.
If you were to get your asbestos testing done by a professional the cost would be from $80 to $2300 depending on how much asbestos you have in your home. This is the worry free way to have asbestos tested because you are personally not handling the contaminated particles.

5. How long does asbestos removal take?

This may seem like a huge job to the homeowner but to professional asbestos contractors it isn’t. Depending on how severe the asbestos is, the homeowner may not even have to vacate the house. Areas that are affected will be sealed off with polyurethane plastic. Even larger sized projects can be completed within 1 week. So you can estimate it will take 1-5 days for most jobs.

6.  How long after asbestos removal is it safe?

It is safe as soon as the asbestos has all been removed and the air has been tested to show less than .01 fibers per cc.

7. Asbestos popcorn ceiling removal cost?

The average cost for removing a popcorn ceiling with asbestos is $3.00 per square foot. Once the asbestos has been removed there will be an additional cost to repair the ceiling, retexture it, and repainting it. 
Popcorn ceiling removal is a dirty, messy job that most homeowners will not want to undertake as a weekend project.

8. Do all popcorn ceilings have asbestos?

The answer is no. You need to have the ceiling tested for asbestos, it is impossible to tell just by looking at it. If the ceiling was installed in the early 1970’s there is a good chance it could have asbestos. But even homes built before 2003 have been found to have asbestos even though it was banned, there was still product being sold that contained asbestos. It is safer to have a professional test for asbestos if you are unsure.

9. What is ACM? – Asbestos Containing Material

One method to successfully treat ACM (Asbestos Containing Material) is to Encapsulate or Encase it. This safety procedure is completed by experts. A special sealant material is used when treating ACM. This process embeds the asbestos fibers in the adhesive and prevents them from being released in to the surrounding atmosphere. Once embedded this process will deter the release of tiny fibers. The adhesive easily penetrates the ACM and binds its components together. Removal of the ACM is made easy and safe after encapsulation. The procedure is also cost-effective. For safety, it should also be recommended that the placement of labels and signs showing the location, type and state of the asbestos. The report will help in the development of a plan for safe removal and abatement.

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