How Would You Remove Asbestos Tape From Duct Work?

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How Would You Remove Asbestos Tape From Duct Work?
I have asbestos pipe wrap in my home, and I am looking to getting it removed. What exactly is needed to remove it? Thanks!

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By Canada Restoration Services
 Hi there,
 
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
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Wow! I did not know that! Thanks for the informative response, Canada Restoration Services!
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Hepa vacuums seem like the real deal! They seem like a good addition to my home to make it safe!
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And, how do you know the tape itself has asbestos?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
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Like all asbestos, the only way to know 100% is to have it tested. An environmentalist will take a small piece and send it away. Asbestos was used in tape because of it's great adhesive and fire retardant qualities. That is why you will find asbestos on anything that insulates heat, it will not catch on fire!
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What is a hepa vacuum?
Reply by Canada Restoration Services
last year
A hepa vacuum is very similar to a regular vacuum except it has 1 more key component, a hepa filter. You can purchase Hepa vacuums in regular stores, but for restoration companies, we use certified hepa vacuums which can handle high volumes of dust/spores/fibres and ensure that none are released. All area's affected with either asbestos or mold should have a hepa vacuum done after the removals to snatch any left over spores. In conjunction with negative air, air scrubbers, the contaminated areas removed and cleaned, and a final hepa vacuum, we can ensure that all area's are fully cleaned and there is no health risks!
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