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Help in identifying asbestos we have 1973 HVAC air ducts…

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Help in identifying asbestos we have 1973 HVAC air ducts that we need to have air sealed contractor said it had asbestos I will attach some photos
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11/19/2017
David Bowden
David Bowden, General Contractor
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer… My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you today as well as providing a quick and straightforward solution to your specific question. Please allow me a few moments for some research and to confirm my recommendations, which will appear shortly.

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The photo you provided looks like a round metal duct surround by pink blown in insulation. Most blown in insulation is not asbestos. The only way to know 100% is to have it tested to see if it is "hot", but from the looks of it I tend to think not. If you have a transit pipe (usually a concrete looking vertical exhaust pipe), those usually have asbestos in them.

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I​t is hard to tell the 2nd to last photo but the last photo looks like regular insulation wrapped around the duct. I understand what your HVAC guy is saying as he doesn't want to be in trouble or sued if you have asbestos and many products used before 1978 contained asbestos. The only way to be 100% sure is to have it tested. Many tests can be done from a certified tester for a few hundred bucks.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Hi, Thanks, ***** ***** can find certified tester?

Y​ou can check yelp online for certified Asbestos, Lead, and Mold testers in your area. If you are near SoCal I can reference a tester. Note it is ok to have asbestos so long as it is not disturbed. Any asbestos removed need to be done so in accordance with EPA guidelines and is to be properly disposed of.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
ok thanks

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Thank you very much for the positive rating, I sincerely ***** ***** If you need further assistance or help with another question, just let me know,

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