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Old 07-02-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
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Is this asbestos? Should I be concerned?


Here is the space above my window roof area. It is filled this type of insulation.
Is it asbestos?

I am not sure of the age of the house but it is atleast 40 years old I would guess.

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Old 07-03-2015, 05:36 AM   #2
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Hard to tell for sure from those pictures, one looks like rock wool, another looks like blown in fiberglass.
Only way to know for sure is to have it tested.
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Here is another pic:





Would taking some of the stuff out and taking a pic on a table help?
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Doesn't appear to be but if you are concerned, get it tested.
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"Is it asbestos" has been asked dozens of times on this forum in the last five years. The answer is always the same. It is IMPOSSIBLE to tell visually whether any product has asbestos in it. The only way to make a determination is to take a sample to licensed laboratory and have it tested,m generally used a special microscope. Over the last 100 years, thousands of different products have used asbestos, including numerous types of building material and insulation. If you want to know, get it tested.
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Test each material, that is indeed the only way to know. I sent two samples of materials from my house into Western Analytical and for $50 I had an email the same night they received them with test results along with percentage of asbestos in the one positive sample.
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I was thinking of visiting the doctor and asking for a chest x-ray.
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I was thinking of visiting the doctor and asking for a chest x-ray.
Have you been sleeping in the attic? If not, no reason to do so as a result of what is up there.
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The hole is right next to my bed, I had it sealed up like this for 3 months:

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I grabbed some out, here is a pic. The insulation is about the size of a CD.
(The full size can be opened up if you click on the pic.)

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That appears to be blown in fiberglass and you aren't getting any real exposure through that cardboard and tape. You are fine. Trust me.

The folks that have suffered from asbestos got exposed to a whole bunch of it and the folks that have the most systemic problems from their exposure were smokers.

Do you drink or smoke. If so, you are at far greater risk from that.
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That is good to hear.

I am going to have to repair that hole before winter comes, I was thinking of wearing a mask and cleaning it out and then replacing the insulation with the pink stuff that I seen at Home Depot. How does that sound?
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Sounds fine. Be sure to have proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on and you should be good.
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Opps, didnt mean to post, dont know how to get rid of this

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Opps, didnt mean to post, dont know how to get rid of this
Never. It's here forever and will signify your misdeed for eternity.

Just kidding. I am sure the moderators will delete.

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