Every now and then I see asbestos pipe lagging.
In this house it could be seen on oil-burning radiator lines all over the house. It was in poor condition, broken, and laying on the ground.
This stuff frightens everyone, including the banks.
I see asbestos in various forms, but what is in this photo is the most common.
Even though it looks like asbestos, and obviously is pipe lagging, I am not allowed to say it is asbestos!
In Virginia I am required to put a disclaimer on my report that says that any comment regarding what may or may not be asbestos is information only, and that if something that looks like asbestos is found the client needs to send a piece to a licensed lab for testing.
I am contacted all the time by mesothelioma advocates to put links on my website about mesothelioma information and such. The TV commercials are on all the time. And asbestos is probably the biggest contributor to the disease.
According to asbestos.com, only about 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually and it causes 12.8 deaths per million every year. By comparison lung cancer causes 560 deaths per million. And while mesothelioma accounts for only 1/5 of 1% of all cancer deaths, it is a disease, and if asbestos contributes to that and is found in any house it should be removed from the home.
My recommendation: when anything that looks like asbestos is discovered during a home inspection, it should be tested. And if it is proved to be present it should be removed. There is no point in inheriting something that will certainly be a future problem one way or another.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560