Asbestos Abatement and Removal Service

Asbestos Abatement and Removal Service

Don’t Mess With Asbestos

When it comes to asbestos abatement and removal service, it’s important that the asbestos is removed by a qualified asbestos abatement contractor or professional trained, licensed and certified, and comply with all state laws.  They must also have the appropriate abatement/removal tools necessary so that a person is not to exposed the asbestos fibers.

Asbestos is found in homes, workplace, construction and home improvement-related operations. If left undisturbed risks of exposure to asbestos are low.  When disturbed very small asbestos fibers are released into the air and when the fibers are breathed in, they can become entrapped in the lungs, over time these fibers can cause health problems, disabling respiratory disease and various types of cancers.

Many buildings contain asbestos, which was used in spray­ applied flame retardant, thermal system insulation, and in a variety of other materials. Asbestos was sometimes “flocked” above false ceilings, inside technical ducts, and in many other small spaces where firefighters would have difficulty gaining access. Structural components like asbestos panels were also used. 

In residences, asbestos was often a component of a type of flocked acoustic ceiling, called popcorn ceiling or “cottage cheese ceiling”, until its production was banned in the U.S. in 1978. However, the ban allowed installers to use up remaining stocks, so houses built as late as 1986 could still have asbestos in their acoustic ceilings. The only way to be sure is to remove a sample and have it tested by a competent laboratory.

The Regulatory Assistance Officers of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) prepared a fact sheet to provide general information about the hazardous waste requirements associated with generating, transporting and disposing of asbestos waste.

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Typical Costs:

  • First, a test is needed to see if the popcorn texture contains asbestos.  To get sample, you or an inspector will need to wet several spots with water and scrape small samples of the material into resealable plastic baggies, then submit them to a lab. Lab tests typically cost $10-$60, depending on the lab and how long it takes to get the results. Having an inspector come to the house starts at $125-$300 depending on location and the number of samples, but can cost $400-$1,000 or more for a whole-house asbestos inspection and testing.
  • For a popcorn ceiling without asbestos, expect to pay about $2.40-$3 a square foot, or $700-$900 for a 15’x20′ room and $2,200-$4,800 for a 1,600-sqare-foot home, depending on the height of the ceiling, local rates and whether the price includes all needed steps — scraping, sanding, re-taping, re-texturing, priming and painting the ceiling.
  • If the popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, removal by a qualified DOSH contractor like eWaste Disposal, Inc abatement contractor costs $2.50-3.20 a square foot, or $900-$2,100 for a 15’x20′ room and $3,500-$4,800 for a 1,600-square-foot home.
  • Homeowners are legally allowed to remove a popcorn ceiling containing asbestos from their own residence as a do-it-your-self project, but all regulations must be followed and it is illegal to pay anyone (even a family member) to remove or to help remove asbestos from a home unless they are a qualified abatement contractor.

Our Asbestos Removal Procedure:

Our crew will contain the area with plastic sheeting on the floors and walls where the acoustic is located, attach negative air machines to ensure proper air quality, then remove and bag the asbestos acoustic material for proper disposal at an EPA approved landfill. You get a Certificate of Completion and receipt when the project is completed.

 

Asbestos Removal Examples

These pictures show a residential home’s ceilings after the asbestos has been removed.

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