Definition

A group of fire-resistant silicate minerals found in construction materials including paint, particularly in older homes. When the asbestos deteriorates, particles can become airborne and this is a serious health hazard.

Things you need to know

If asbestos is present, it should be removed or contained by a trained professional prior to beginning a renovation project. When asbestos fibers are disturbed, they can become airborne. They can then be inhaled and lead to fatal respiratory illnesses.

Cost Considerations

Asbestos removal costs an average of $200 to $400 per hour.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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