Throughout most of the 20th century, asbestos products were hailed as a ‘wonder fiber’ that insulates up to intense temperature.
Due to its outstanding resistance to heat, its fibrous structure and low cost – asbestos was manufactured into thousands of products from toasters to heating ducts for 60 years.
In 1977, asbestos was found to cause cancer in workers who breathed its microscopic fibers in mines, shipyards and asbestos plants decades after their exposure. When the EPA discovered this, they restricted the use of asbestos.
It’s the breathing of fibers when this material is disturbed, not its presence, which is considered a health risk.
When the home inspection report comments that the heating ducts have been wrapped in an asbestos material and that some ductwork sections have separated – there’s no need for panic.
People have time to become informed about asbestos, obtain estimates, and select an appropriate course of action.
A licensed contractor will recommend a course of action ranging from encapsulation to removal and replacement of the heating ducts.
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