Asbestos Removal Cost and Prices Guide

Do you know if your home contains asbestos materials? If not, it’s essential that you find out – if disturbed or left to deteriorate, asbestos can cause serious health problems. Find out how much it costs to carry out an asbestos survey or removal work in our guide.


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. The health and Safety council reports around 4,500 people die each year from asbestos related illnesses.

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 th extent of deterioration.

Asbestos is in the following materials:

  • Cement used for walls

  • Insulation boards

  • Cavity wall and loft insulation

  • Ceiling and floor tiles

  • Roofing material

  • Pipes and guttering

  • Flues

  • Ventilation systems and ducting

  • Floor boards

Asbestos is harmless if it has not deteriorated but as it is disturbed the fibres 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 under the 2012 Control of Asbestos Regulations. 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 of asbestos 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 testing 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 simple check of materials is around £50

  • A check of materials and taking samples costs from £50

  • To encapsulate material starts at £8 per metre squared and this is embedding the asbestos material with resin so fibres cannot escape. So a wall of asbestos cement can be coated in resin from £8 per metre squared

  • To actually remove the asbestos material is from £50 per metre 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 millilitre 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

  • amount of asbestos for removal

  • amount of consumables used during removal

  • ease of access to asbestos containing materials

Always use qualified professionals and get quotes before the removal commences. Here are a couple of example asbestos removal prices:

  • We asked our customers how much they paid for asbestos removal work – the average cost per customer came out at £784
  • According to our asbestos specialists, removing asbestos pipes and lagging in a loft can cost around £3,000

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 in to 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. There are several asbestos and ceiling specialist North London who will give you a quote for asbestos removal prices.

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 £189 for 8 sheets, £239.40 for 12 sheets and £277.20 for 16 sheets

  • York Council will remove asbestos cement, roof sheets, guttering and old pipes up to 200kg for £72

  • Richmond-Upon-Thames 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 licences before they start. Find out what can happen if you don’t hire a professional.

Sources: Health and Safety Executive, UKAS, Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Essex Council, Bedford Council, York Council, Richmond-Upon-Thames Council, ServiceMagic Customer Survey. Information is accurate as of July 2012

George says:

Hello

I have been asked to do a fascer and sofit job strip old fascer and sofit out and replace with new but I’m not sure if the Sofits on the house are aspestos or concrete fibre if they are aspestos there’s about 20 meters of it and its about 8inches wide. How much would that coast to remove it if it was and how do I find out if its aspestos or not? Thank you George

ablyth says:

Hi George, we highly recommend discussing this with a qualified asbestos professional; please fill in this form an asbestos specialist in your local area will be in touch to provide advice.

Steve Hartin says:

We are putting together a price for replacing fuse boards in a school. The old fuse carriers have arc shields with appear to be a form of asbestos fabric. What precautions or additional expense should we allow for to comply with the current health and safety guide lines.

sdeshmukh says:

Hi Steve,
You should have a look at http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/ to get detailed information and current health and safety guidelines. Hope this helps.

Karon says:

I am in the process of buying a bungalow which was built about 50 years ago. It has a separate garage. The survey has revealed that the roof is made of asbestos. I am concerned about deterioration of the roof and release of asbestos fibres. Your specialist advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

mjackson says:

Hi Karon,

Thanks for your post.

we recommend getting quotes to have the roof removed as asbestos can be extremely harmful to your long term health.

We would be more than happy to try and assist therefore please complete our online asbestos removal form and we will aim to match you up to 4 local asbestos specialists who will each contact you in order to make arrangements to quote.

We hope this helps.

Mark @ ServiceMagic

girish Aradhya says:

We are doing one international kitchen that shed got rooffing of asbestos sheet
Pls advise .

mjackson says:

Hi Girish,

Should any material you work with contain asbestos, we recommend obtaining the services of a qualified asbestos contractor who will provide you with quotes to have the dangerous material removed.

Please feel free to get back to us should you require further advice.

Mark @ Servicemagic

eleanor says:

Hi – we have just had survey completed on a property and the surveyor has stated that there is a flue which is believed to consist of a an asbestos containing material. What course of action would you advise?

mjackson says:

Hi Eleanor,

Thanks for your post.

We would recommend getting some quotes to have the asbestos safely removed.

Please feel free to complete our online asbestos removal form and we will ask that up to 4 companies contact you back in order to arrange a visit.

We hope this helps.

Servicemagic

Geraldine Quinn says:

i was living in a privately owned bungalow about 18 mts ago when the landlord came to renew the room, as it was asbestos roof, i and another tenent rented the house, he started to remove the asbestos roof with us in there never sealed any part of the house of, the other tenent asked him should we not be moved out of the house when having it removed, he said no it was safe enough, they took it of without bagging it droped in into a open back lorry with some of it breaking into pieces when removing it, i now have been told we both should not have been living in the house when work was taking place then few days … is this true ?..if so what can i do about it ?

mjackson says:

Hi Geraldine,

We would recommend speaking to the Health and safety executive should you have concerns in regards to your safety.

We hope this helps.

mark @ Servicemagic

helen waters says:

i am living in a rented property and the gas fire has been condemned so that is being removed.the flue has asbestos.should this be removed or is it safe to stay like that?

mjackson says:

Hi Helen,

Thanks for your post.

We would suggest getting quotes to have the asbestos flue removed as asbestos containing material can cause health hazards.

Please complete our online asbestos removal form and we will aim to match your request with up to 4 local contractors who will each contact you in order to offer a free quote.

We hope this helps.

Mark @ Servicemagic

nem says:

Hi,

I have a fireplace surround with horrible 60’s tiles… I want to remove these and wondered will there be any asbestos under the tiles???

Many Thanks

mjackson says:

Hi Nem,

Thanks for your post.

In order to know whether you have asbestos is your property, its always best to consult a professional who will be able to carry out an official survey for you.

We would therefore recommend filling in our online asbestos survey form so that we can match you with up to 4 local companies who will each be able to provide you with a free and no obligation quote.

We hope this helps.

Thanks again

mark @ Servicemagic

Daren Slack says:

Hi
I have plasterboard ceilings that are coated with artex that has been tested positive for asbestos. I believe removal of this is now non licensed work. Should this be cheaper than by a fully licensed asbestos removal company? If so, by how much? Also is it possible to have it removed and then for the council to collect?
Thanks for your help.
Daren

mjackson says:

Hi Daren,

Thanks for your post.

You are correct in regards to artex being classed as non licensed work therefore it is likely that you would receive a cheaper quote from an unlicensed company vs a licensed company.

As I’m sure you are aware, asbestos is an extremely dangerous material and any information we provide would only be guess work as we are not professionals.

You can find some really good information on the Health and safety executive website.

We can also assist in getting you advice and quotes from local asbestos companies – all you have to do is visit the servicemagic website, search for asbestos removal and fill in the form.

Any contractors we find for you will then contact you directly.

We hope that this helps.

Mark @ Servicemagic

Haresh N says:

Hi,

I am in the process of buying a house for which I had a homebuyers survey report done. The report has identified the potential for asbestos related material in the house and an asbestos flue. I was keen to understand how to address these issues and would appreciate your advise.

Regards
Haresh N

mjackson says:

Hi Haresh,

Thanks for your post.

You would need to have the asbestos removed by a professional company as it is a very hazardous material to have in your home.

You can request up to 4 free quotes from local companies by completing this online form.

We will then ask the contractors to call you back in order to arrange the quotes.

I hope this helps.

Mark
Servicemagic

m halliwell says:

I had a home buyer survey done on a house I’m buying. The surveyor found traces of asbestos in the kitchen ceiling. I was very worried, but on discussing it with the surveyor he said it is not a serious hazard as long as the asbestos material is not disturbed, i.e. sawing, drilling, sanding. Painting over it should be OK.

mjackson says:

Hi,

Thanks for your post.

Asbestos is a very hazardous material which, if disturbed, can spread and potentially be inhaled causing health issues in later life therefore, to avoid any risk, the recommendation would be to get it removed.

Please feel free to fill in our online request form and we will aim to match you with up to 4 local contractors who will call you in order to arrange a convenient time for them to visit you and provide you with a free quote on having the asbestos removed.

We also have a cost guide should you wish to get an idea of price without having to speak to a contractor.

We hope this helps.

Servicemagic

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