mold and asbestos
Hello - I'm hoping someone here can help me. I am looking at purchasing a new home. I've had a mold test and the mold inspector (independent/PhD) indicates that although there is no black mold present in the air samples in the basement, he suspect black mold behind drywall in a corner which has substantial moisture, is very soft, and is contaiminated in some areas with a thick, black colored mold.
The air sample in the basement had a total spore count of 4330/cubic meter with basidiospores and cladosporium most dominant. Pen/Asp was normal. He indicated that black mold, although not present in the air sample on this day, tend to stick together in clumps until they are disturbed or become very dry at which point they can become more friable and readily shed into the air.
He recommends, for remediation by a professional, to have the drywall in the room with the "black" mold removed and some panels in other rooms to be removed too to see if there is mold there (as there is signs of water damage/efflorescence in other areas of the basement).
He also suggests removing the linoleum floor tiles and having the concrete floor, walls, and wood subfloor and joists chemically cleaned.
I don't have an issue with having the dryall removed and the mold remediated behind there. I am pretty sure I can get that off the purchase price of the house. However, the linoleum tile removal is the problem. It is the 9x9 tiles that the house inspector (different guy) said is typical for asbestos. Also, these tiles are throughout the basement including in the furnace room.
I realize that with tiles with asbestos you can just carpet over them and as long as they are not disturbed, all is well. However, in my case, that doesn't appear to be a solution.
I've got a good price on the home so far but I'm concerned that this part of it (removal of asbestos) will be extremely costly.
Does anyone have any examples of what they've paid for removal of tiles with asbestos so I can have some idea of what this will cost me? Unfortunately I don't have the measurements of the basement and am out of town so can't measure it. I would of course like to get a quote but time is of the essence here and I don't have much time with the long weekend.
Any advice is greatly appreciated (save for the "forget about this house" advice as my price is pretty good if it's not a huge money pit!).
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