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abefroman 01-12-2012 04:47 PM

Does this contain asbestos?
 
Does this contain asbestos? The markings say D VB 3/4x1/2 and the house was built in the early 60's. TIA
http://abefroman.com/insulation.JPG

gregzoll 01-12-2012 05:20 PM

How could it, since it is just a fiberglass insulation wrap.

iminaquagmire 01-12-2012 05:21 PM

That looks like fiberglass pipe wrap to me but nobody can give you a yes or no based on a picture. Have it tested if you're worried about it.

gregzoll 01-12-2012 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by iminaquagmire (Post 820711)
That looks like fiberglass pipe wrap to me but nobody can give you a yes or no based on a picture. Have it tested if you're worried about it.

Fiberglass wrap is not going to have any bit of Asbestos in it. Now, it can contain Borax as a fireproofing material on the outer wrap, but it is far from containing any trace amount of Asbestos in it.

abefroman 01-12-2012 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 820719)
Fiberglass wrap is not going to have any bit of Asbestos in it. Now, it can contain Borax as a fireproofing material on the outer wrap, but it is far from containing any trace amount of Asbestos in it.

Thanks, so is it safe to remove with a regular dust mask?

gregzoll 01-12-2012 05:55 PM

Why do you want to remove it? It is there to insulate the pipe, either due to it is hot water for a boiler, or hot water from the water heater. Just leave and fix. Better than the foam wrap. Now, if it is saturated due to water leaking, yes you can just pull down and place into a plastic bag. Wear long sleeves, eye shield glasses, and a mask if you wish.

Maintenance 6 01-13-2012 04:56 PM

Yup. Seen pipe wrap around fiberglass insulation that was impregnated with asbestos. Also seen asbestos in the brush-on coating that was applied over fiberglass pipe wrap.

gregzoll 01-13-2012 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Maintenance 6 (Post 821622)
Yup. Seen pipe wrap around fiberglass insulation that was impregnated with asbestos. Also seen asbestos in the brush-on coating that was applied over fiberglass pipe wrap.

It would have been the really old stuff. This stuff looks no older than maybe 20 to 30 years max, so it would not have it in it.

abefroman 01-13-2012 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 821639)
It would have been the really old stuff. This stuff looks no older than maybe 20 to 30 years max, so it would not have it in it.

I think you're right, that's a copper pipe which isn't original to the house, so the pipe, and insulation I'm assuming, would have been replaced at some point.

Windows on Wash 01-13-2012 08:38 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 821639)
It would have been the really old stuff. This stuff looks no older than maybe 20 to 30 years max, so it would not have it in it.

+1

You can have asbestos in some of the older FG wraps in the mastic and other places but this does not appear old enough.

That being said, take PPE precautions regardless. Fiberglass is bad crap for your lungs as well.


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