Asbestos Boots

Home inspectors find interesting conditions in crawlspaces, an area under a house and in attics.

Under an older San Ramon house, the inspector noted the heating ducts terminated at a ‘transition boot’ wrapped in asbestos.

The asbestos wrapped ‘boots’ are found between the round heating ducts and rectangular floor, wall or ceiling heat registers in a room.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was added to a variety of products in the past to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

Are asbestos wrapped boots a problem? Yes, only if the boots are damaged, rusted or deteriorating; and the asbestos becomes “friable” – where asbestos material can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand.

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