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Justin Holmes 08-25-2006 08:27 PM

Asbestos or other danger?
Hey I am a college student thinking about moving into an attic for the semester.

There are some materials in the attic I'm a bit sketched out by. I have looked at pictures of asbestos and vermaculite, and the only match I think I have is on one of the pipes.

However, the stuff in the walls is really freaking me out. It's on the reverse side of the bathroom tiles - the bathroom shares a wall with the attic.

It is hard and feels like plaster, but it looks "wormy."

I have posted pictures.

Here is the material on the end of the pipe:

Here is the material on the wall, which is the back of bathroom tiles:

Bonus 08-26-2006 01:51 AM

The first one could be asbestos, it's, of course, impossible to tell w/o testing if and what type, but it resembles asbestos pipe lagging I've dealt with.

The second picture looks like plaster forced through expanded metal.

W/o breathing (lol) can you tell if the pipe lagging is friable? (Soft and powdery) How old is the building?

Form first impressions I'd be staying away from the pipe stuff.

Ron The Plumber 08-26-2006 08:07 AM

Do not even touch this stuff, let this be checked out by a pro that deals with this, these fibers will linger in the air, any particals that you inhale will stay in your lungs.

Think of these fibers as fish hooks, once lodged in lungs, there not comming out.

redline 08-26-2006 08:11 AM

From what I understand, if the asbeteos is still intact then there is less of a concern but still a hazard if it gets bumped and the fibers become air borne.

Is this the one pipe (area) that his this type of material on it?

If this is the only area that has this material on then I would have the homeowner wrap the pipe to contain the fibers.

The material near the bathroom appears to be the older style plaster as bonus has indicated. If you feel that it may be a hazard then have the homeowner cover this up with drywall or other material to contain it. It may also be a mortar mix used to set the tiles in tha bathroom.

You may also be concerned that if this house is located in a hotter area of the country then it will become very hot up there.

Ron The Plumber 08-26-2006 08:22 AM

Here is a story, I was doing a call at The UofO once, repairing a large copper pipe, I was warned not to touch or remove any of the insulation around the pipes, well I needed to get to this one fitting, even though it was wet, I accessed the area, I got into trouble, they had to call in there hazmat on site, tape off the entire hallway to evacute any asbestos that could be in the air, did I get chewed out over that. It requires special equipment downed suits to deal with this material.

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