Why you may need an Asbestos Inspection:
Asbestos is a very common component of many building materials. Homeowners, landlords, and contractors are required to have an asbestos survey completed prior to any project that will potentially disturb asbestos fibers. Our AHERA accredited inspectors will help you determine the appropriate sampling plan for your project. Our goal is to move your project forward without wasting money, while keeping you safe and in compliance with all applicable regulations.
When do you need an Asbestos Inspection?
The US Environmental Protection Agency and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Environmental Protection Division) are responsible for the laws and regulations concerning Asbestos. Local building departments will often require proof of compliance when you are obtaining a permit for work. According to the State of Georgia EPD:
Owners and operators of a demolition or renovation activity, must thoroughly inspect the affected facility or part of a facility where the demolition / renovation operation will occur, for the presence of friable and non-friable asbestos, including Category I & II nonfriable asbestos containing material (ACM). This should be done prior to the commencement of the activity.
All that is to say you must inspect any demolition or renovation project for asbestos before you begin disturbing material. Even if your county does not ask for your asbestos survey when you get a permit, Georgia laws still apply to your project. It is a common misconception that there is a cut off year for properties that must be inspected.
In addition, you may have circumstances that would cause you to want to test your own home or workplace for asbestos outside of planned renovations. We will be happy to discuss a custom asbestos survey plan for needs other than regulatory compliance.
How much will an Asbestos Survey cost?
That depends on the type of project you have planned. All asbestos surveys include submission of samples to an accredited laboratory for PLM analysis. Our base prices assume standard access to the property with no atypical hazards, within a 60-mile radius of Athens. Standard turnaround time is 3-4 business days.
- A residential renovation inspection on a home up to 2,000sf is $325 plus $17 per sample collected
- A commercial or demolition inspection is $425 plus $17 per sample collected
- Additional fees apply for rushed reports
- We cover the whole state of Georgia, but additional fees may apply for inspections outside of the Athens area
Every job is unique and we will work to identify suspect material and take only as many samples as necessary for a thorough report. While we can not guess how many samples will be needed prior to seeing your project, here are some general estimates that will help you understand the scope:
- Bathroom renovation: 5 samples
- Multi-room residential renovation: 10 – 25 samples
- Residential demolition: 25+
- Commercial projects: Call for Estimate
What materials will be tested:
Any material that is not wood, metal, or glass has the potential to contain asbestos fibers. The most common materials a residential renovator will encounter are joint compound, ceiling textures, vinyl flooring, and pipe insulation. We will use our expertise and experience to identify materials that require sampling.
Commercial projects may have other unique materials based on the type of building.
Can I drop off my own materials to be tested:
Absolutely. While you will not receive an Asbestos Site Survey we will be happy to send any material you bring us to the laboratory for analysis. The report you receive will be limited to the presence or absence of asbestos in the sample material, and will not make further assumptions about the property where the sample originated.