Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-14-2010, 06:20 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 25
Share |
Default

Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots


I just moved into a house and I knew of one, and only one duct in the house that was covered in asbestos but it was all inside the furnace room and exposed. The previous owner painted it to help contain it (picture included).... As far as I knew there was no more asbestos in the house. Just recently, I was looking at the ducts and noticed a cardboard looking material on top of the first 4 or 5 feet of the main supply duct (picture included). Also, after taking of the supply registers (original ones on the main floor), I noticed a insulation type of material that I have never seen before (picture included)....

My questions is, is the cardboard like material and the stuff around the supply duct boots asbestos? I have seen most of the other ducts in the house, thanks to a drop ceiling in the basement washroom, and no other ducts are covered by these materials....

What should I do? One guy came through and said he would have to remove ALL the ducts in the house (for $3000) and then I would have to replace them and re-drywall the basement...... Is this necessary???
Attached Thumbnails
Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots-picture-004.jpg   Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots-picture-015.jpg   Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots-picture-009.jpg   Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots-picture-014.jpg  

DanGauer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
Hvac Pro
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Posts: 9,220
Default

Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots


Kinda looks like asbestos to me. They used to throw asbestos sheeting and other materials (including sand on the old octopus jobs) on top to try keep the heat in the ducts. Half arzed attempt but I have seen sheets of it loosely draped on the top of old ductwork. Must have been real cheap to buy at the time. Asbestos easily crumbles and if you crumble a small part of it and add water it turns into a wet paper type glob. Don't breath it in when handling it. We have a professional duct cleaning co. who does small spot jobs of asbestos removal by the hour. Must spray it with water and then suck it out with the power vac truck. The stuff on the boots looks like asbestos gasket to me and in the airstream is the absolute worst place for it.

__________________
"Cut it twice and it is still too short".

Last edited by yuri; 07-14-2010 at 06:56 PM.
yuri is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 09:26 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1
Default

Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots


Hi Dan,

You're photo of the insulation type material around the supply duct boot looks exactly like what we have in the ducts in most of the rooms of our 1962-built home. Our gut feeling is that it is an asbestos-containing material...just wondering if you have looked into it, and if so, what was the outcome? I've done a lot of searching on the internet for info on this topic, but haven't found a thing until your post. I'm hoping that means we can both breathe a sigh of relief (no pun intended!)...well, with respect to this issue anyway. Like you, we have asbestos to deal with in another area of the home.

Jenny
Jenny997 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2010, 10:07 PM   #4
Member
 
Tom Struble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: west milford n.j.
Posts: 2,785
Default

Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots


only way to be sure is to have it tested,but from the looks of it you should assume it is
Tom Struble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2010, 07:09 AM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 25
Default

Asbestos on ducts and duct supply boots


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jenny997 View Post
Hi Dan,

You're photo of the insulation type material around the supply duct boot looks exactly like what we have in the ducts in most of the rooms of our 1962-built home. Our gut feeling is that it is an asbestos-containing material...just wondering if you have looked into it, and if so, what was the outcome? I've done a lot of searching on the internet for info on this topic, but haven't found a thing until your post. I'm hoping that means we can both breathe a sigh of relief (no pun intended!)...well, with respect to this issue anyway. Like you, we have asbestos to deal with in another area of the home.

Jenny

Most of what I was told from professionals coming in is that it would cost a fortune to remove because they would need to remove parts of the ceiling in the basement to access the boots.. making a mess of my finished basement... I was told as long as I contain it from the top, it should be ok until I redo my flooring upstairs..... I ended up painting it with a very good primer and covered that with caulking.... That way, with a finished basement underneath, there is no way it will get into the living area......
DanGauer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to Insulate behind Wall Stack Supply Duct whirly HVAC 5 03-08-2010 04:47 PM
Cold air in duct in furnace room? DIYguy2000 HVAC 6 12-23-2009 10:42 AM
60 year old duct system with 4 inch ducts kjseattle HVAC 5 06-27-2009 09:08 PM
Advice needed. Complete Furnace & duct replacement - asbestos ductwrap (crawl space) vestaviascott HVAC 11 03-10-2009 05:40 PM
Modifying existing duct work Thurgee HVAC 3 04-05-2007 09:35 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.