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Asbestos Duct Insulation

Asbestos Duct Tape and Insulation was used commonly many years ago in many homes and buildings. Unfortunately asbestos proved to be a carcinogen and was banned from many uses. It is still being manufactured and used in more controlled situations today, but the older asbestos that remains in place in some older homes can be an issue on a Home Inspection. Look at the picture below. What Wrong With this Picture?

HINT: What's that white stuff on the old ductwork? And, the house is over 70 years old.

ANSWER: Probably asbestos. And it is loose and frayed. I say probably because there have been some instances where material was misidentified as asbestos just because of how it looks. If in doubt, have it removed. This material in the picture above should be removed or covered in such a way that it cannot disperse into the air. Asbestos that is not loose or frayed is not considered an environmental threat. But, few people will accept any asbestos in their homes today. Best have it removed.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

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