Back in the day, a lot of buildings were constructed with asbestos. Why, you ask? Well, at the time, people were unaware of the dangers and simply saw the potential of this strong, corrosion resistant building material, which is not only flexible but also, that can stand the test of time and has fire-protection properties! This ‘dream’ material is also constructed with naturally occurring fibres, but it turns out that asbestos is actually the main cause of deaths that occur within the workplace. The discovery of its dangers doon led to it being banned for use in the UK, as well as other places. Failure to get asbestos removed from a property could contribute to respiratory problems and even cancer, so prepare yourself for the asbestos disposal cost for your property to remain in good health.
External vs. Internal Jobs
It’s not just the packing in-between walls that asbestos was once used for but also, for gutters, drain pipes, roofs and garage coverings. The price you pay for asbestos disposal will most certainly be affected by whether the job is internal or external. Expect to pay much less for jobs that are focused on the linings for walls, ceilings and doors, but expect to pay slightly more if asbestos cement products were used to build the property.
Lab Analysis for Asbestos Samples
It doesn’t matter how many specimens of asbestos are found during an initial inspection, because every single asbestos sample will need to be taken to a lab for testing. There are different colours and types of this building material, and understanding how to effectively and safely dispose of it without harming the environment relies on intensive lab analysis. The asbestos disposal cost is likely to increase if more time is required in the lab, which is likely if the inspection is being carried out on a property built before 1999.
Scope of the Job
If you are lucky, you may be able to leave asbestos where it is and hope that it does not get disturbed. This is probably the best case scenario for a small problem, because it means you will only be paying for inspections. Regular monitoring will rule out the possibility of further deterioration, which would require removal of things were to worsen. The scope of the job will be broader if the asbestos has been disturbed or is fairly loose, because the fibres will soon become airborne. When this happens, inhaling the fibres could negatively impact health later down the line.