From the 1930s to the 1980s, hazardous asbestos was frequently utilized in the mud or joint compounds for installing drywall and sheetrock. Residing in a household with this substance could result in accidental exposure and possible health risks for occupants, both presently and moving forward.

Asbestos present in old drywall and sheetrock should be removed safely by a professional to prevent accidental exposure. Most homes built in the early to mid-nineties have asbestos in the drywall or sheetrock. Using today’s technology and expertise, experts can inspect, detect and remove dangerous asbestos in your house safely. You cannot identify or remove asbestos on your own without risking exposure.

It’s quite common to find asbestos embedded in the mud or joint compound in plaster or drywall for houses that are more than a decade old. Nearly all drywall or sheetrock installed in this period had some asbestos as part of the compounds for insulation and other purposes. Asbestos dangers had not been identified then and it was a readily available material. As a result, millions of people could be living in houses with asbestos on interior walls without being aware of it.

Removal of Asbestos in Drywall & Sheetrock

Here are some of the areas you are most likely to find asbestos in your home in addition to interior drywall:

Interior spaces

  • In the bathroom, toilet, and laundry cement sheet walls, backing to wall tiles, ceilings, and walls
  • In drywall as part of the mixture or joint compound
  • Cement sheeting in plaster walls- was added to plaster walls in the past to provide extra insulation and as a fire retardant.
  • Beneath wood-heater hearths and insulation
  • In kitchen splashback, between floor tiles, ceilings
  • Living area ceilings, walls, insulation, and tiles
  • Inside roof and attic cavities
  • Inside ironing-board covers, plaster sealant, hot water pile insulation, electrical meter backing fibreboard wall panels, etc.


Exterior spaces

  • Perimeter fences
  • Carports
  • Dog Kennel drywall
  • Buried construction waste
  • materials on the yard
  • Roof sheeting
  • Ridge capping
  • Brick cladding etc.

An inspection carried out by a professional home improvement expert can identify the presence and amount of asbestos in your drywall, sheetrock, and other areas in your home. Bear in mind that any amount of asbestos in your home is unsafe and should probably be removed safely without risking accidental exposure to you and your loved ones.

Asbestos was mostly mixed with other compounds such as cement when it was used to reinforce drywall and other installations This makes it virtually impossible to identify the dangerous compound on your own through any DIY tests.

While there is a high likelihood that you have it in your drywall or sheetrock, only a professional inspection can confirm its presence through a range of chemical tests. Also, keep in mind that asbestos in drywall is generally safe unless disturbed either through physical impact or wear and tear which is quite possible in old houses. During renovations or repairs, be sure to have an inspection done for asbestos.

Cost to Remove Asbestos Drywall?

On average, you should expect to pay between $1,000 to $2,000 to have asbestos removed from your drywall during renovations.

The table below outlines some of the amounts you might pay to have asbestos removed.

Item (Asbestos removal from drywall)LowHigh
Average cost$1000$2000
Hourly rate to remove asbestos in drywall$75$185
Brown asbestos removal$345$500
Blue Asbestos removal$500$1000
Whole House Asbestos remediation$10,000$16,500
Asbestos disposal costs per cubic yard$10$50

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The amount you pay to have asbestos removed varies depending on where it is located, the surface area, type of asbestos, and other factors such as:

  • Your location – hourly rates vary from one location to another depending on local taxes and other factors.
  • Type of building – is it a residential or commercial building
  • Type/brand of asbestos – toxicity levels and ease of removal vary from one brand of asbestos to another.
  • Room/ wall location – is the drywall in easy-to-access areas like living rooms or bedrooms.  Difficult areas like an attic or basement will cost more.
  • Surface area – This determines the amount of work and number of hours. Most asbestos removal services will be charged based on an hourly rate. The national average hourly rate for asbestos removal ranges between $75 to $185.

In most cases, asbestos removal will be done as part of a larger project like renovation or wall repair. This means the actual service of removing asbestos (w