What Does Asbestos Testing Cost?

Asbestos wrapped boiler in the basement.

Many of our clients are daunted by the potential presence of asbestos in their home. What makes the process more stressful is the fear of the cost to test and abate asbestos. In this blog post, we will give you a summary of our pricing for asbestos testing services.

Bulk Sampling

When you’re unsure if a material contains asbestos, you’ll want to have a bulk sample collected.  Bulk sampling refers to the method of physically cutting out a piece of a suspect asbestos material to determine its asbestos content. The sample can then be analyzed at a laboratory via Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). PLM analysis is typically used for the vast majority of samples. The cost of this service can range from $350-$700 or more depending on the number of samples collected.

Air Sampling

When you’re unsure if there are asbestos fibers in the air following abatement or accidental disturbance, you’ll want to have air samples collected. Asbestos air sampling refers to quantifying the number of airborne asbestos fibers. The two methods to accomplish this are Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). PCM is a test method that determines the fiber concentration of all fibers with similar characteristics to asbestos, but not asbestos specifically. This type of sample can be analyzed at an accredited laboratory or analyzed on-site by one of our licensed analysts. TEM air samples are analyzed in a laboratory with an electron microscope which can identify asbestos fibers specifically. The price for these services generally range from $450-$900

Dust Sampling

When you are concerned about a release of asbestos fibers in the past, you’ll want to collect dust samples.  Asbestos dust sampling is a method where a small area of dust is sampled from a specialized filter cassette. This has the ability to show the historical concentration of asbestos present in the settled dust. The samples are analyzed at an accredited laboratory utilizing the TEM method. The price of this service can range from $500-800.

Factors for Pricing

The range of pricing for each type of testing is due to many factors. The first factor is the number of samples. It is standard practice to collect multiple samples of the same material for quality control purposes. Also, different materials need to be tested separately.  For example, a floor tile sample typically consists of two separate substrates: the tile itself and the mastic adhesive used to glue it down. Additional costs are incurred when there are duplicate samples or multiple layers.

Another factor involved is turnaround time (TAT) for the laboratory samples. If sample results are required sooner than standard turnaround time (typically 3 business days), then there is an extra fee for the laboratory work. Depending on timing, Indoor Science can provide 1 business day TAT, same day TAT, or for PCM samples we offer on-site (immediate TAT) analysis.

The final factors that can influence price are our schedule and if the project is a long distance from our office.

In conclusion, the cost of asbestos testing services can range greatly due to the type of testing involved, the number of samples, and turnaround time. If you are concerned about if asbestos present in your property please contact us to discuss your testing options and pricing.

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas is a Project Manager that performs indoor air quality assessments with a specialty in asbestos and lead. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Earth Science from DePauw University. Jordan is an ACAC Council-Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE), Licensed Lead and Asbestos Inspector, Licensed Air Sampling Professional, and HAZWOPER certified. He also holds an asbestos microscopist certificate from the McCrone Research Institute. Prior to working at Indoor Science, Jordan worked as an Industrial Hygienist at Environmental Analysis, Inc and as an Asbestos/Lead Analyst at Metro Technology Laboratory. In his words… “While not in the field, I’m a Nu-Jazz and movie enthusiast.”

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