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Old 04-26-2017, 07:07 AM   #1
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Accidentally removed asbestos lagging...


So I am gutting my first floor and In the coat closet I encountered some old insulation on a steam riser. About 7 feet of it total.

It had metal straps lightly securing it. I removed the straps in a gentle manner and put the pieces directly into a thick trash bag.

After the fact I did some research and discovered it was corrugated asbestos. I don't believe I really disturbed anything or created much dust but I am concerned now.

I had a N95 mask on but not a respirator.

What's done is done obviously but there is some white flakey material that looks like chipping paint on the pipe and I'm concerned for when my wife moves in for her health.

Should I call a professional at this point to come test and secure everything? Can I just buy a lagging encapsulant?

In addition I noticed another pretty long run of the same asbestos in the basement ceiling while running new electric. To remove it the basement ceiling would have to come down and I wasn't planning to do that. Is it safe to leave if it isn't disturbed?
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Old 04-26-2017, 03:02 PM   #2
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Wet it down and wipe it down. You have probably already created about as much friable materials as you are going to get. Wetting it down and keeping it from dusting is the critical part of the job along with clean up.

You can leave it if it is in good shape and not disturbed. Problem being that most folks, despite best efforts, will disturb it in the process.
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I was VERY gentle removing it, because I assumed it was asbestos and then after confirmed it...

But the pipe is 90% clean.

Can I paint it with hi temp paint? I found spray encapsulant for $20 a can as well.
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Encapsulating it is another acceptable way of treating it too.
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Encapsulating it is another acceptable way of treating it too.
Well, it's gone already. Nothing to encapsulate left really.

Maybe il just wet down the rest of the pipe and paint it with 4-5 coats of high temp paint to kind of glue any remnants down.

I'm sure I breathe in far worse regularly at work but I don't want my fiancÚ/future family to be at risk.
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Ok so here is the pipe in question.

Is this white residue paint, or asbestos?

The pieces I removed were not deteriorating they were very in tact corrugated asbestos insulation according to the pictures I have looked up .
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