Why you may need asbestos testing:
Asbestos is a component of some building materials, and is known to be a hazardous carcinogen. Home owners, landlords, and contractors must perform testing or site surveys prior to disturbing or demolishing building any building materials that may contain asbestos. Although most people aware of the potential for asbestos content in popcorn ceiling, vinyl tiles, and pipe insulation; any building material that is not made of wood, metal, or glass may contain asbestos. An AHERA accredited inspector will help you to determine the appropriate sampling plan and protocol to ensure that you protect yourself from health impacts and liabilities, without wasting money on abating unnecessary materials. We would be happy to discuss your project specifics and come up with a plan that satisfies the legal and health obligations without excessive costs and fees.
When do you need an inspection:
Any time you are remodeling, demolishing, repairing or otherwise disturbing materials that may contain asbestos, an asbestos inspection is required. Unfortunately, building owners and contractors are often unaware of the needs for asbestos inspections until late in the project. A qualified AHERA inspector can help to limit abatement costs and provide a thorough report that will get the project done safely and within all relevant laws and regulation. Below, I will add some excerpts of a sample report so that you can know what to expect from a professional survey. Please note the photos, floor-plan, and description of all suspect materials. If you contractor simply looks around, takes a few samples, and sends you a lab report you are not getting your money’s worth!
- Light Renovation (1-5 samples):
- $150 site visit (within the general Seattle area)
- $45.00 per sample
- Med. Renovation (5-9 samples):
- $100 site visit (within the general Seattle area)
- $45.00 per sample
- Major Renovation (10+ Samples)
- $100 site visit (within the general Seattle area) *Waived if 20+ Samples & Home/Unit is Unoccupied
- $40.00 per sample