The complexity of the property, its age, current and historic uses, and size and age of structures will have significant impact on cost. The speed with which results are desired will also affect the cost of the project. A typical range of cost is $1,500.00 to $5,000.00.
Due diligence is a review of the historic and current use of the property and an evaluation of those uses that may have compromised current environmental regulations. Most companies and lending institutions require that minimum standards be met in the course of producing the evaluation. A common standard is the American Standards and Testing Method 1581. The evaluation could also include investigations for asbestos or lead-containing materials, or other regulated building materials.
Analytical costs will vary depending on how quickly the results are desired and the number of layers associated with the sample submitted for analysis. Sample costs may range from $15.00 t
Lead paint may be analyzed in a laboratory or with portable direct reading instrumentation. The number of layers of paint involved, and which of those contain lead, will be the best analytical tool to determine whether the painted surface could become a problem. Commercially available lead paint kits generally are not a reliable means of assessing whether a surface contains lead.
Lead is a naturally occurring mineral used in a number of products from batteries to paint. When ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin in high enough concentrations, a number of physical and neurologic maladies may occur. Of particular concern is exposure to children, as the lead tends to inhibit the growth of major body organs and could result in physical or mental impairment.
The Minnesota Department of Health (http://www.health.state.mn.us) has developed specific rules that outline who may perform asbestos-related work in residential properties and the responsibilities of the contractor performing that work.
There are a number of regulatory agencies that enforce environmental and worker protection rules related to asbestos and lead. IHSC's has provided a number of commonly requested web site links that can be accessed for additional information, select the Links tab for more information.
Building materials that are suspected of containing asbestos must be analyzed using a polarized light microscope. A small amount of material is required to perform the test. In Minnesota, laboratories must participate in the Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing program or the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program. Since asbestos materials are naturally occurring, they have unique optical properties that allow for specific identification when analysis is performed by a trained and qualified analyst. The Minnesota Department of Health can provide you with a list of qualified laboratories in Minnesota.
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that form as bundles of fibers. While the properties of asbestos are useful in at least 3,000 different products, detrimental healt concerns exist if the fibers become airborne and are ingested or inhaled in humans.