Asbestos Removal Cost and Prices Guide
Do you know if your home contains asbestos materials that can cause serious health problems? Use our guide to find out how much it might cost to carry out an asbestos survey and asbestos removal work.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in many building products from 1930 onward until the danger of it was discovered. Breathing in the small particles can cause lung cancer called mesothelioma, that is fatal, and other respiratory illnesses. The illnesses take years to develop after the first inhalation of particles.
When the dangers were discovered the use of asbestos was banned and it has not been used in building materials since 1999. However many houses built before this can contain asbestos. The problem with removing asbestos is the fine fibres that it sends into the air. The cost for asbestos removal will depend on the location and the extent of deterioration.
Asbestos is in the following materials:
Cement used for walls
Cavity wall and loft insulation
Ceiling and floor tiles
Pipes and guttering
Ventilation systems and ducting
Asbestos is harmless if it has not deteriorated but as it is disturbed the fibers are released into the air. You should hire an asbestos surveyor to see if you have any asbestos materials in your home if it was built before 2000.
Asbestos Survey Costs
An Asbestos Management Survey is required to be carried out yearly on non-domestic properties and private householders can also have a survey carried out to determine if their property contains materials with asbestos.
An Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey is carried out if you are planning substantial home improvements and there is a chance that it contains asbestos. A qualified surveyor will:
Locate and record the location or suspected materials containing asbestos
Note the type of asbestos present
Report on the condition of the asbestos containing material
Note the accessibility of asbestos
Send samples for testing to an accredited laboratory
Assess whether asbestos removal or maintenance work needs to be done
Asbestos removal costs vary and depend on the size of the property, where the property is located and the number of samples taken. The cost of a survey is around £250 and then the asbestos removal costs will be on top of this:
A check of materials and taking samples costs from £50
To encapsulate material starts at £8 per meter squared and this is embedding the asbestos material with resin so fibres cannot escape
To actually remove the asbestos material is from £50 per meter squared
A large area such as a garage can cost up to £2500 to remove all asbestos materials.
Find out more about asbestos survey costs.
Asbestos Air Testing Cost & Price Guide
The Control of Asbestos Regulation states that there are no more than 0.1 fibres of asbestos per milliliter of air measured over a 4 hour period. A qualified air testing surveyor will carry out this test before and after removal of asbestos materials.
Air tests include:
Background asbestos air test
Exposure/Leak asbestos air test
Controlled asbestos air test
A clearance/reassurance air test
The price of air tests depends on the air test carried out and how many air tests are needed. Always ask for a quote before any testing is carried out.
Asbestos Removal Cost UK
You need to get the asbestos removed from your property but how much does it cost to remove asbestos? A fixed price is usually charged and it depends on:
where you live
the amount of asbestos for removal
A number of consumables used during removal
ease of access to asbestos containing materials
Always use qualified professionals and get quotes before the removal commences.
Average cost per asbestos removal work can cost from £800 to around £3,000 for bigger jobs such as removing asbestos pipes and lagging in a loft.
Asbestos Garage & Roof Removal Cost
Many garage and house roofs made between 1930 and 1990 contained asbestos. The cement roof sheeting is common and if it is in good condition it is not a problem. If it starts to break down and release fibres into the air or you need to demolish the garage for some reason it will need to be done in accordance with the regulations. You will need to hire a professional asbestos removal company.
Find out more about asbestos garage roof removal cost.
Council Asbestos Removal Cost
Many of the local councils will charge you a small fee to remove any asbestos containing materials and some councils provide this as a free service. The cost of removing domestic asbestos is often undertaken by your local council.
Examples of asbestos cement disposal costs:
Essex County Council will collect up to 40kg of asbestos cement free of charge
Bedford Council provides a collection service for small quantities of asbestos sheeting that will cost from £189 to £277
York Council will remove asbestos cement, roof sheets, guttering and old pipes up to 200kg for £72
Richmond-Upon-Thames Council charge £44 to remove up to 200kg
How to Hire a Qualified Asbestos Professional
The Control of Asbestos Regulations state that you need to hire a qualified professional. You will need to ensure that the surveyor or removalist is accredited to:
BOHS P402 Standard
HSE Licence holder
Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence
All samples sent to a UKAS accredited laboratory for testing
Make sure that you ask to see their accreditation and licenses before they start.
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