If you notice unusual white dust on surfaces in your home or office, it could spell a dangerous disaster. Asbestos is common in HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and should be looked into as a possible culprit.
Unfortunately, removing asbestos can sometimes be even more dangerous than leaving it alone, so it’s important to leave the job to a qualified asbestos abatement contractor.
Why is there asbestos in HVAC systems?
Asbestos materials were very commonly used in HVAC systems all the way up until the 1980s. This is because asbestos has fire-resistant and insulating properties, making it great at withstanding large fluctuations in temperature.
For years, the HVAC industry used asbestos cement pipes, asbestos fiberboards, and asbestos tape in the heating ducts of both residential and commercial buildings. The asbestos tape was used to insulate and repair the ducts, and even to reduce vibration and secure duct joints.
Having asbestos fibers pumped into the air is the very last thing you want in your building, so if the pipes are starting to deteriorate, it’s time to call in the professionals.
How can I tell if there is asbestos in my HVAC system?
Both asbestos cement pipes and white asbestos tape are often found in the HVAC systems of homes and commercial buildings built from the 1940s to late 1980s. If your home was built during this time, and you can see white tape wrapped around the ductwork, there is a good chance that it contains asbestos.
This asbestos tape is thicker than duct tape, and trying to peel it off will almost certainly suspend asbestos fibers in the air. It is therefore highly recommended NOT to touch the tape yourself. Certified professionals in asbestos removal will know how to safely deal with the tape.
How to remove asbestos from HVAC systems
Removing asbestos tape from heating ducts is a complicated process. Sometimes, it is easier to simply encapsulate the asbestos tape using vinyl or regular duct tape. The contractors at Asbestos Removal PRO will be able to determine the safest way to contain the asbestos in your building.
In addition, asbestos vent pipe removal may be necessary. Asbestos Removal PRO can test your pipes to see if they are made from asbestos cement. If the pipes or tape need to be removed, our contractors will seal off the area and take all the precautions laid out by OSHA to ensure the process is done without threat to the community.
We will wet wipe and HEPA vacuum the areas, and also perform air monitoring, to make sure the space is safe after we finish with asbestos removal.
Ensure your safety, and call Asbestos Removal PRO today
Asbestos Removal PRO offers FREE quotes and consultations to our clients in Atlanta and surrounding cities. We can test your HVAC systems to see if they are a danger to you and your loved ones, and help to ensure you’re breathing easy for years to come.