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The Cost of Asbestos Removal or Abatement in Canada

The Cost of Asbestos Removal or Abatement in Canada

Interior renovationsThe Cost of Asbestos Removal or Abatement in Canada

Have you ever wondered if there's asbestos in your home? Asbestos is a mineral fibre found and used worldwide from the late 1800s to the early 1990s. It was commonly used in building materials and insulation, since it doesn't catch fire easily, thereby making it the perfect fire prevention material.

However, using asbestos comes with its risks. The World Health Organization has estimated that millions of people die each year from exposure to asbestos fibres and other materials containing asbestos. Inhaling or ingesting these tiny fibres can lead to cancer, lung disease, and other serious health conditions.

How much does removing asbestos from a residential building cost?

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Once your home has been tested and asbestos levels have been confirmed, you'll definitely want to address the problem as swiftly as possible to ensure your health and well-being and that of your family. You can hire an asbestos removal company to decontaminate your home, but these companies aren't cost-free, and fees can vary tremendously depending on where you live in Canada and the type of home you own.

The cost of asbestos (or vermiculite) removal can vary depending on the severity of the contamination and the size of the home. A common misconception is that all homes that contain vermiculite also have asbestos. In reality, only a fraction of homes actually contain it. Knowing whether your home has been exposed to asbestos can help you determine what type of professional cleaning is needed.

Abatement, or partial demolition and reconstruction, is more expensive than straightforward removal. Also, costs may increase depending on the age and state of your home, as older homes are more likely to contain asbestos in pipes, insulation, and roofing materials.

The cost of asbestos decontamination can vary depending on the size, location, and type of house you own. Also, access to the area needing decontamination can significantly influence the overall cost.

For example, a medium-scale asbestos removal project will cost approximately $4,000 to $5,000 (for a single-story home that's 3,000 square feet or less). Ultimately, the cost of asbestos removal will depend on the amount of time required to complete the cleanup.

Homeowners are advised to seek multiple quotes in order to choose the best company for the job. The majority of homeowners interested in obtaining a quote will ask for one prior to deciding whether or not they want to proceed with home decontamination. Doing so helps them feel more informed and less vulnerable during the process.

Vermiculite Removal and Decontamination: Services Offered by Contractors

Asbestos decontamination usually includes the following services:

  • Initial home inspection;

  • Removal of loose or crumbling materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, or insulation;

  • Prior to removal, the remaining material surfaces will be sprayed with sodium bicarbonate and water liquid solution;

  • After removal, the surfaces will be cleaned with a detergent solution;

  • Then, all surfaces, inside and outside the building, will be thoroughly cleaned;

  • A negative air machine will then be used to create a vacuum-sealed environment during cleanup;

  • Site cleanup and restoration;

  • Follow-up visits for additional removal services.

Removing asbestos siding is something you'll want to outsource to professionals. The cost of removing the siding depends on the size of your home and the amount of asbestos present. For example, if you only need 10% of the siding removed, it'll cost about $1,500 for a two-story home with 100 square feet per floor.

However, if 90% of the asbestos in your home needs to be removed, it'll cost around $2,750 for a two-story home with 100 square feet per floor.

As a homeowner, you'll usually be responsible for the cost of complete asbestos removal. The cost of this process varies depending on the size and type of your home but can cost upwards of $6,000. Costs are typically shared between the homeowner and their insurance company. The cleanup can take anywhere from four days to 14 days and is usually done in stages.

The first phase involves an initial inspection, carried out by an asbestos inspector or specialized contractor that consists of taking samples of surfaces containing suspect materials, such as vinyl flooring, panelling, or insulation. Once the samples are sent for testing, a report will be returned confirming the presence of asbestos and its location in your home.

Several Factors Influencing the Average Decontamination Costs

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in residential and commercial building materials and insulation. It's been shown to cause cancer and other diseases, so it's important for homeowners and contractors to take the necessary precautions when dealing with asbestos. We now know that all homes built in Canada between 1930 and 1980 are at risk of being contaminated with asbestos. Given this fact, it’s imperative that homeowners exercise due diligence before choosing a course of action.

First things first, determine whether your home has any asbestos-containing materials (ACM). This process typically involves either sampling the surface material or dusting certain surfaces with a test kit.

Complete asbestos removal can be a daunting process, which is why it's important to get a quote from a professional before proceeding with the project. The cost of asbestos removal depends on the size of the job and the area that needs to be decontaminated.

Listed below are some factors that'll determine the cost of your decontamination project.

  • Square footage to be serviced.

  • How deep should asbestos fibres be removed?

  • Will additional work be required, such as additional contaminant removal or mould remediation?

  • Are there any safety requirements that must be met during asbestos removal?

  • Is asbestos contained in one room or is it spread throughout the house?

When it comes to removing asbestos from residential buildings (finished surfaces), the first step is consulting with a professional, with the appropriate training, to handle the removal or abatement. That way, you can rest assured that you're not breaking any laws and that you're doing everything by the book. Also, you might not be able to comfortably undertake this type of work, which is why hiring a professional, like an asbestos inspector may be the best course of action. Once you've decided to invest in complete asbestos removal, hire one right away before you do anything else in your house.

Decontamination is a lengthy and very detailed process due partly to material toxicity (e.g. floor tiles, popcorn ceilings, attic insulation, etc). The entire area in question must be sealed off to remove, cover, and dispose of any asbestos-contaminated products. This waste must then be taken to a toxic and hazardous waste treatment centre to avoid further contamination. This can’t be achieved alone unless you’re an expert in the field.

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