There’s been a fair amount of media coverage devoted to the continuing asbestos problem in Canada and you may be aware of some of the places that asbestos can show up in an older home – like siding, ceiling tiles or vermiculite insulation. But, there can be a whole new set of asbestos issues lurking inside your walls, including asbestos wrapped plumbing.
Plumbing you say?
Among the many properties that made asbestos seem like a dream construction material early in the 20th century are its insulating and virtually indestructible properties. In homes that are between 70 and 100 years old, you may find plumbing wrapped in insulation like a hotdog in a bun – and that insulation is likely to contain asbestos.
Now, as with any asbestos containing material, as long as it’s intact, it’s not considered a danger to human health. However, there are a number of issues that you should be aware of. As NY state employees recently found out when they had to be evacuated from their offices, if the plumbing starts to leak or deteriorate, it becomes an issue of immediate concern.
- Asbestos containing insulation is often wrapped around old galvanized plumbing which should itself be removed.
- Be also on the lookout for asbestos insulation around piping that connects radiators, water heaters or other steam-producing elements.
- Older tube electrical wiring may also be covered with asbestos insulation.
- You may also find that the asbestos pipe insulation has been covered or encapsulated in foam in a DIY repair (a professional asbestos technician would never leave this kind of arrangement in place)
Let Us Help
If you find what looks like asbestos wrapped plumbing in one area, you’re likely to find asbestos elsewhere in the building too. DIY repairs are a sure sign that you should check further and that’s where we come in.
At GreenStream, our experienced asbestos technicians can offer advice and either asbestos removal or asbestos remediation. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414(416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.
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