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Old 06-10-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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I was working on removing a old window in my old field stone basement and I noticed a small amount of what looks like insulation. Its soft almost like cotton or wool. I have some pictures at the following link: http://s1056.photobucket.com/albums/t373/ytandrs/ What is this? There was a very small amount, should I be concerned? Should I have it tested for Asbestos?

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Quite likely it's asbestos----not to worry--simply wet the fibers so they can't go airborne and sweep them up----

Your state will have instructions for asbestos handling by the home owner,if you feel like you need official instructions---

Double bag the waste and dispose of it in the household garbage.

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Looks too fluffy to be asbestos.....BUT....I would follow oh'mikes advice and treat it as such.....

No need to call the EPA....his suggestions are about as safe and simple as you can get.

Actually....you should be more worried about lead paint....not a big deal....but if you do any demo of walls...treat it like you do have lead paint...wear a mask and use a good shop vac to clean up the dust....don't sweep.

I personally like putting down a section of carpet near the exit to catch all the dust on your shoes when you walk out....makes keeping the rest of the house clean..

When your done...you just toss the carpet.

Carpet samples are great for this kind of thing...and you can usually get them free.
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It was in my basement.... Literally like 5 pieces that I could see (although some where bigger than these). I did not wet it but I did wear a toxic dust mask.... Are others in the house safe if they are not near it? Is it ok that I just washed my clothes that I was wearing with others?

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You will be fine, others will be fine, forget about it
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It looks more like fiberglass or ceramic fiber than asbestos. I wouldn't worry about it. Especially in such a small amount.
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Hey I am not sure if its asbestos but anyways whatever it is just sweep it away and do not worry at all every thing will be fine.
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Ayuh,... It appears to Me, to possibly be compressed Rock Wool,...

Completely harmless, 'n a pretty Good insulation...
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Here's a link about "Rock Wool" scroll down a bit to get to the safety recommendations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_wool
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Depending on what part of the country, if this is South or North Carolina, it is possible that cotton was stuffed in to fill the cavities, especially with the age of the house.

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