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What does it cost to have asbestos kitchen tile removed?

One reader wrote, 'We just bought a house and discovered that there is old asbestos tile under the linoleum in the kitchen. We were planning on putting in hardwood. Is it expensive to remove the asbestos tile? It's not a large kitchen - it's 9' x 10'. I realize you can't give me an exact cost, I'm just wondering what ballpark we're talking about.'

There really isn't a simple answer to your question.   It is difficult to say without knowing what state you live in.  Some states like New Jersey, New York and California have very strict and complicated rules that will add to the cost of removal.

Also part of the cost of removal is the cost of disposal. You can’t just bag this stuff and leave at the curbside on trash day. In New Jersey it can lead to a $10,000 fine and even jail time.

Now for the good news, if you are dealing with just asbestos - vinyl floor tiles, they are not as dangerous as asbestos pipe insulation or plaster with asbestos in it. The asbestos fibers are locked into the vinyl and unless cut with saw or smashed up, the tiles pose a very small health risk.

My first question is how do you know the tile have asbestos in them? Where the tiles tested in a certified lab? I ask because if the tiles really don’t have asbestos in them -then you don’t have a problem.

If your kitchen is in New Jersey, New York or California, then its probably going to cost between 3 & 7 thousand dollars to remove and dispose of the tiles.  But each job will have its own special circumstances and all of the removal companies are private contractors in a business where the demand out weighs the service providers.   So like any other business, they can charge what the market will bear.  And so it will probably be expensive.

Maybe you should start by calling your state department of health.   Many states will give a list of approved contractors for asbestos removal and they should be able to provide you with information on your state’s laws regarding asbestos.   Though some states have almost no rules at all, most will.

What ever you do, keep records of what happened just in case any questions should arise in the future or if you should sell your house.

Also see if your state allows you to sue the former owner of the house for the cost of removal.  Some states demand the seller of a home has to have an inspection and a certification that the home they are selling is free of environmental hazards like asbestos and lead paint.   But again it depends on what state you are in and the terms spelled out in your agreement of sale when you bought the house.

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