Great question. Pipe wrap around duct work is very common and is being found more and more often as people start renovating their older homes. Homes built between the 1930's to 1970's have a good chance that either the duct work or boiler pipes are wrapped in asbestos. It was used for its fire retardant properties as well as an insulator.
When removing wrap, it is very important that all areas are cleared so we can set up containment. Depending on where the wrap is located in the home will depend on the process. Most commonly we use the "glove bag" process to remove it. It is a containment that wraps around the pipe or duct with openings where the technician will insert hands and remove of the affected material. Before removal, all wrap is wetted down to help prevent the fibres from releasing and make it easier for the material to be removed. With the glove bag process, all material is trapped in the containment for safe removal. Lastly, all area's affected are cleaned and a hepa vacuum is done.
It is very important to hire a certified asbestos removal company or asbestos abatement company to remove of asbestos. At Canada's Restoration Services, our employees are trained and certified to handle this hazardous material, as it needs to be removed of safely. If you know or suspect you have asbestos in your home, give us a call and we will provide a FREE inspection and estimate. Call us today 1-888-551-0514