A friend has a house whose heating pipes in the cellar are insulated
with asbestos. Would it be expensive to remove the insulation from the
pipes, and should it be removed?
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Likelyhood of problem in removal in your own house is likely low. Long
or high contact is a known health risk that has caused a lot of
The most important safety procedure is to keep it wet and prevent it
from becoming airborne. And get it all in the bag.
Having asbestos could result in a problems when selling the house (if
not now, at some point in the future).
Absolutely not. There has never been a documented cases of any health risk
from any commercial product containing asbestos - including people who
breathed dust from replacing brake shoes all day. The health problems ALL
came from the mining of asbestos.
Who ever posted that the only health risks were to those who mined it<
I'd like to know where you got your info?
If you have any doubts about health risks talk to some of the old
timers that worked in the ship yards or insulators who covered miles of
pipe and boilers.
It causes a form of cancer in the lungs that is very different from
other forms of lung cancer.
I work with people who have health problems caused by it and I have
lost a few friends from it.
So please go pedal your mis information and bullshit somewhere else
While this is all very true, using proper (and simple) procedures to remove
it eliminates the risk for a homeowner. Prolonged exposure and no
protection killed many, as you point out, but the mere existence of asbestos
is not a cause for hysteria.
Did someone really say that? They must be trolling.
Death through mesothelioma by exposure to asbestos fibres in dust has been
the outcome for some unfortunate housewives who handle clothing before the
Something to watch out for if hubby's into plumbing.
My wife works for a law firm which specializes in asbestos defense.
Asbestos can be a dangerous thing. While there are a lot of hucksters
making claims because they once changed their own brakes, those that have
been affected live a miserable life.
I'm sure your wife is the most virtuous person to draw breath since
the Virgin Mary. That being said, she seems to be employed by a bunch
of shysters who make their living shaking down anyone and everyone for
settlement money. When "Dominic" and "Nunzio" do this it's called
extortion and is a criminal activity. When the shysters do it it's
It would be expensive to follow the routine of a professional. Everything
has to be segregated, dust removed, etc. Can be quite involved.
In place, asbestos is not a risk at all. It is only the loose fibers that
you may inhale that pose a risk over time. You can touch it, roll in it,
wear asbestos underwear with no harm. Just don't breath the dust if you cut
it or remove it. I'd just put a coat of paint on it and let it insulate the
pipes as intended. The paint encapsulates it so it will not flake away.
Excellent advice. I've done as EP suggests but with a product called
Gardz from Zinsser. I'm sure others make it also. It has a very thin
consistency and is used primarily to stabilize drywall when the top
surface of the paper has been damaged. So far I've only used it once
in a brush on application on asbestos but it seems to penetrate even
better than paint. Two coats of that and the asbestos should be pretty
Dangerous ? There seems to be significant differences of opinion about
that, at least to the degree of danger. YMMV.
Expensive to remove ? Seems so. A friend of my wife's had a tiny bit
removed from around her furnace. The guy came in wearing what she said
looked like a space suit. Came out from the basement a half hour
later, took off the space suit, and wearing no mask of any kind
proceeded to empty the contents of a shop vac into a trash bag making
a cloud of what was likely asbestos dust. $800.00.
Asbestos in a commercial environment is a horrible pain in the neck
because of liabilities, not so much the technicalities. I would guess that
you won't sue yourself for removing asbestos.
Don't have any experience with asbestos in residential environment, but
one thing comes to mind thinking about it: if you are (in a process of)
selling your house, shouldn't you notify the buyer of asbestos content as
known to you? If you do, you'll get much less buyers because of the
wide-spread paranoia. If you don't, you'll get them a nice clause to get
out of the deal as soon as they learn about the asbestos. So, all things
considered, I'd remove it although technically just painting over could
If you do remove it, where does one dispose of the asbestos?
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