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Asbestos Pipe Lagging

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 15 commentsJay Markanich • February 16 2016 03:37AM

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Good morning Jay Markanich . Yes, if it looks, tastes or smells like asbestos, it most likey is chicken.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Which is exactly how I put it on my report, Michael.

How did you know that?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Yes, I've been at home inspections where the pipes were wrapped with something that could be asbestos, and that's what the inspector said "get it tested, this could be asbestos." 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 2 years ago

That covers everybody, Kat!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay! Asbestos shows up in all the wrong places! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

But I was looking for asbestos in all the right places, Wayne!

Isn't there a song about that?  Maybe not.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Jay Markanich ,

              We have many homes up here in the north-east that have this very problem, thanks for making us aware.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

I'll say it for you... it's asbestos! Remediation can be expensive, sometimes it's better to not disturb it 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

David - I expect it is as common there as it is here, with older homes, and boilers.

Fred - of course.  But it's already been disturbed!  Over and over!  And the big problem buyers have is that if they just let it go, one day when they sell the house their buyers might not be so kind and they are in for a big one.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Another word we cannot just blurt out!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Go ahead and blurt it out, Raymond!  I want to hear it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Lost my Father in-law to this a few years ago.  He worked in the heating and air conditioning business all his life.  He told me that back in the day, they would dump bags of asbestos into bins and make a paste to apply directly to the pipes with their bare hands.  Much like applying a plaster cast.  Now they have a multi-billions dollar fund for victims, and the lawyers get to keep it all for themselves.  Sad.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

Stephen - my mother worked from the first day it opened in the Pentagon, a lot in the basement.  She died in the 80s from the asbestos.  I get calls all the time regarding links someone wants on my website, and see the TV commercials.  Someone is making a lot of money because there aren't that many cases out there now.  Ten times as many people die from the flu.  Where's my flu fund money!?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck; . . . well, Jay Markanich .   It's probably what they thought it was though in Virginia you can't say the "A" word.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - ( NMLS #268590 ), Virginia Mortgage Loan Originator (American National Bank and Trust) over 2 years ago

I say it all the time Deanna!  But don't state on the report that something is or isn't.  If they want to send something to a lab, they can!

Asbestos!
Asbestos!
Asbestos!

See?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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