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FAQs about Photos of Asbestos-Containing Materials

Gypsum board wall covering (C) InspectApedia.com ElizabethThese questions & answers about asbestos-suspect materials or photographs of asbestos containing materials were posted originally at ASBESTOS PHOTO GUIDE to MATERIALS - be sure to review the photos of asbestos materials found there.

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On 2018-12-19 by (mod) - did my plumber expose asbestos in this wall?

I don't know, Elizabeth. What I see in your photo looks like gypsum board.

See details at ASBESTOS in DRYWALL

On 2018-12-18 by Elizabeth

A plumber punched a hole in my wall today. The building is old. I live in the US. Should i be concerned?

On 2018-10-15 by Debra

I would like to see pictures of this

On 2018-09-08 by (mod) - asbestos metal mesh blankets

Joe I need a bit of help to be able to offer a sensible answer.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber not a metal mesh, so I'm unclear what a "metal mesh blanket" would be.

Asbestos-based fabrics, including blankets, look like a coarse-woven fabric.

For a photo example see ASBESTOS DUCT VIBRATION DAMPENERS at https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Asbestos_Duct_Vibration_Dampeners.php

On 2018-09-05 by joe

what does asbestos metal mesh blankets look like

On 2018-07-02 by (Netherlands) - asbestos in plastic cable clamps used in the Netherlands

Plastic cable clamp used in the Netherlands - does it contain asbestos ? (C) InspectApedia.comRE-posting as I accidentally deleted the original question and image:

AUTHOR:screen (no email)

COMMENT:I am an electronics engineer who frequently works on old audio gear in Netherlands.

Can anyone tell me if this look like asbestos ? It is a cable clamp found on a vintage turntable from 1970, maybe asbestos reinforced Phenolic resin ? It is mat (not shiny), very resistant but flexible.

Reply: (Moderator) said:

Thanks for the interesting question and photo, Screen.

There were asbestos-reinforced plastics, as we and Rostao discuss

at ASBESTOS PLASTICS inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Asbestos_Plastics.php

though I'd expect that reinforcement to have been used in less-flexible components than a cable clamp like the one you show.

My OPINION is that even if your plastic cable clamp does contain asbestos, it's not a friable material. If you can avoid grinding, sawing, or other attacks on the cable clamp, and more considering the small total volume of material involved, then it seems to me that there could not be a measurable, meaningful release of asbestos. It's not a hazard.

On 2018-03-30 by Ree - asbestos in water mains, Hollywood Florida

I live in Hollywood, Florida. We are currently having all our water mains replaced. I believe the old ones had asbestos.

I'm not sure if the pipes had a lining or was it cement mixed with asbestos. The plan for the old pipes is to fill them with cement. Is this going to stop leaching to the environment/soil? I don't see how this is a fix.

On 2018-03-07 19:50:07.407200 by (mod) -

Roy,

Probably not but I'd like to see a photo of the building and some closeup shots of the veneer. Use the picture frame icon to the right of the Comment button.

On 2018-03-06 16:39:12.499768 by Roy

Looking at a house with a stucco-based faux brick veneer. House was probably built in the 1940s. Can I determine visually whether it contains asbestos? Thanks

On 2018-03-04 10:01:53.767526 by john

Wall debris may contain asbestos (C) Inspectapedia.com Jongas

@jongas,
can anyone on here tell me if this is asbestos as does not burn or melt or is it glass fibre

removed from the wall surrounding the flue on boiler around 1985 install date

On 2018-01-29 by (mod) -

Y2k

Done, as you asked

On 2018-01-29 by jdbliss

Planning to start renovation in basement of home built in early 1970's. Contractor found tile under carpet in room into which we plan to expand an existing bathroom (hence some demolition of floor will be required to install plumbing for new bathroom fixtures).

Was browsing photos on your website. Could not find an exact or close match.

See:

http://www.mydocsonline.com/pub/y2kesq/House/Sample-of-basement-tile.jpg

Tiles are 9 x 9.

Do you recognize? Thoughts? Thanks, JD

On 2017-12-16 01:20:30.228424 by (mod) -

Sanjay

Yep my phone over-corrects me too.

The risk from removing any small amount of asbestos-containing rope or fabric on a heater or appliance is probably very small and depends largely on the condition of the material (dry gaskets are not so friable) and on how badly the material is disturbed, chopped, sawn , ground, made into dust.

In my opinion it would make sense to minimize the dust by wetting the material.

On 2017-12-15 19:24:25.094514 by sanjaykapur101

Damn this phone's Autocorrect ...S C R A P I N G off

On 2017-12-15 19:22:37.637919 by sanjaykapur101

I mean "sloveing" off dry gaskets

On 2017-12-15 19:20:45.579293 by sanjaykapur101

HI

What is the risk of exposure to floating asbestos fibres when sloveing off dry rope gaskets and stove cement from old cast iron stoves ? IF there is an appreciable risk what procedure would you recommend?

On 2017-12-12 17:39:32.637558 by (mod) -

Savannah

Your photos look like gypsum board.

If you can attach a photo showing the identifying marking, labeling, brands, etc. including the word Harrod that you cite we can research it. I have not found a specific "Harrod Gypsum Board" product nor company.

On 2017-12-12 17:36:16.946212 by (mod) -

J

I'm not sure what you're describing. Attach a photo if you can.

On 2017-12-12 07:31:48.904284 by J

What about that orange insulation usually in a black paper sleeve used as wall and ceiling insulation

On 2017-12-07 00:34:40.951473 by Savannah

Plasterboard or gypsum board may contain asbestos (C) InspectApedia.com  Savannah Plasterboard or gypsum board may contain asbestos (C) InspectApedia.com  Savannah

I’m curious about this material. It says Harrod on the side and is used on one part of the wall in my water heater closet in the garage

On 2017-12-12 by (mod) - orange insulation in black paper sleeve

photo of balsam wool building insulationJ

I'm not sure what you're describing, but I suspect you're asking about BALSAM WOOL BATT INSULATION

Attach a photo if you can.

On 2017-12-12 4 by J

What about that orange insulation usually in a black paper sleeve used as wall and ceiling insulation

On 2017-12-12 by (mod) - identifying asbestos hazard in drywall stamped with the word Harrod

Savannah

Your photos look like gypsum board.

Gypsum board marked Harrod (C) InspectApedia.com TracyIf you can attach a photo showing the identifying marking, labeling, brands, etc. including the word Harrod that you cite we can research it. I have not found a specific "Harrod Gypsum Board" product nor company.

On 2017-12-07 by Savannah

I’m curious about this material. It says Harrod on the side and is used on one part of the wall in my water heater closet in the garage

On 2017-11-15 by (mod) - asbestos hazard risk from decorative plaster ceiling mouldings

IF the plaster was mixed in the '50's it could contain asbestos. You'd be prudent to treat it accordingly or if faced with a costly demolition, test a sample.

Just sitting there in place, undisturbed, and probably painted-over, there'd not be a measurable hazard of asbestos fiber release.

On 2017-11-15 by Tracy

Great resource and first rate research! We live in a home built in the early 1950's. It has decorative plaster mouldings and ceiling (hand applied, not sprayed). Do you have any information or insight on the potential for asbestos in the plaster? Thank you, Tracy

Gypsum board marked Harrod (C) InspectApedia.com Tracy

On 2017-09-19 by Bill

I live in the US, so I guess the chances are slim

On 2017-09-19 by (mod) - actual health hazards of asbestos-containing gas fireplace logs

Bill,

The answer depends largely on when and where the gas-logs were manufactured and sold. For example in the U.S. it would be highly unlikely to find asbestos gas-logs in 1991, but in some other countries such products may still have been marketed.

The U.S. CFR regulation I excerpt below had its first version published in the Congressional Record on 7 July 1983 - see the search I used given in citations now found at

GAS FIREPLACE LOG ASBESTOS https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Asbestos_Unusual.php

In the U.S. Title 16 › Chapter II › Subchapter B › Part 1305 › Section 1305.5

Thanks to Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute)

§ 1305.5 Findings.

(a)The degree and nature of the risk of injury.

The Commission finds that the risk of injury which this regulation is designed to eliminate or reduce is from cancer, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Measurements are not available of the amounts of asbestos in the air from asbestos-containing emberizing materials in homes.

However, it appears that the amount of airborne asbestos in such homes would increase when air currents in the home are created by downdrafts from a fireplace chimney or other activities that stir air in any room.

Since emberizing materials may contain up to 50 percent asbestos, which if not permanently bound into artificial fireplace logs would be in respirable form, the risk associated with emberizing materials is considerable, especially since it continues to exist 24 hours a day.

(b)Products subject to the ban. Artificial emberizing materials are decorative simulated ashes or embers, used in certain gas-buring fireplace systems, which glow to give the appearance of real burning embers. The material is sprinkled on or glued to gas logs, or sprinkled on fireplace floors.

(c)Need of the public for the products and effects of the rule on their utility, cost, and availability. Artificial fireplace emberizing material serves a strictly decorative purpose and does not materially affect the actual performance of the fireplace gas system in terms of its ability to provide heat.

A certain degree of aesthetic desirability exists, however, since the product “system” itself (the gas log, ashes, and embers) is intended to simulate burning wooden logs. Gas logs may be sold with artificial emberizing material attached at the factory (the log commonly referred to as being “frosted”), or with the “embers” in a separate kit, often mixed with simulated “ashes.”

Virtually all gas logs are either frosted or packaged with an emberizing kit; however, the majority of gas logs produced in 1977 were packaged with non-asbestos-containing emberizing kits.

The Commission estimates annual sales of artificial gas logs at approximately 100,000 units. Some 25,000-30,000 of these would be subject to the ban. Approximately 100,000 gas logs frosted or treated by consumers with asbestos are estimated to be in existence.

The Commission believes that the majority of gas logs are sold with emberizing kits; this gives the consumer a choice as to whether or not to use the artificial embers and ashes.

(1)Utility. Manufacturers of artificial gas log emberizing material are currently using four substitutes for asbestos in their products: vermiculite, rock wool, mica, and a synthetic fiber. None of the four is claimed to be as aesthetically effective as asbestos. Thus, the utility derived by consumers from some gas-burning fireplace systems may be adversely affected.

I appreciate the question and will post the full text of the cited law under Gas Logs found in ASBESTOS in UNUSUAL PLACES https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Asbestos_Unusual.php

On 2017-09-19 by Bill - Is it likely that a 1991-93 gas fireplace has asbestos logs, rocks, or ashes?

Is it likely that a 1991-93 gas fireplace has asbestos logs, rocks, or ashes?

On 2017-08-24 11:13:12.162417 by (mod) -

Kim:

For sure, some black asphalt-based tile mastics or adhesives had asbestos.

See MASTIC, CUTBACK ADHESIVE, FLASHING CEMENT ASBESTOS https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Floor_Tile_Mastic_Asbestos.php

You're welcome to send me photos using the page top or bottom CONTACT link and I may be able to comment further.

On 2017-08-24 04:39:30.321753 by Kim

Hi, I am renovating the bathroom in our home, build in 1985 here in Australia. The Sheeting in the shower has the words Manufactured without asbestos. I am removing the wall tiles and they have a black rubbery adhesive on them. Did these wall ahhesives contain asbestos at that time. Thanks.

On 2017-08-24 by (mod) - asphalt in tile mastic in Australia?

Asbestos containing vinyl asbestos floor tilesKim:

For sure, some black asphalt-based tile mastics or adhesives had asbestos. See MASTIC, CUTBACK ADHESIVE, FLASHING CEMENT ASBESTOS https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Floor_Tile_Mastic_Asbestos.php

You're welcome to send me photos using the page top or bottom CONTACT link and I may be able to comment further.

On 2017-08-24 by Kim

Hi, I am renovating the bathroom in our home, build in 1985 here in Australia. The Sheeting in the shower has the words Manufactured without asbestos.

I am removing the wall tiles and they have a black rubbery adhesive on them. Did these wall ahhesives contain asbestos at that time. Thanks.

On 2017-08-16 by Anonymous

Sent you a email of the offending piece could you reply In the comments to me rather than email as I am unable to receive them

On 2017-08-16 by Emma

So our ceiling collapsed in one place a while back and we just boarded over most of it and cleaned the mess up. Unfortunately deeds are being held with solicitor after my partners mum died I didn't think much to it but now I am very concerned about it being asbestos and us

Living in a dangerous house for all this time without knowing have ordered a test kit but feel like it's too little too late we have had our baby in there and everything for nearly a year :( feeling absolutely devastated at the min.

Moved out the house now into caravan till our other conversion is done maybe someone may be able to give me a better idea of if it's likely to be or not maybe to put my mind at ease it has brown paper backing both sides and is grey in colour like concrete with small black flecks in.

It crumbles when pressure is applied to it. Praying it's not scared to death at min. :(

On 2017-08-05 by (mod) - is the insulation material in our shop asbestos?

Rusty,

I can't guess from your note, though if it's insulation from a roof cavity and it's so loose it "pours" out, it's probably either vermiculite (some of which contains asbestos) or another loose-fill insulation like mineral-wool or chopped fiberglass.

See this INSULATION IDENTIFICATION GUIDE article on how to identify insulation by visual inspection

https://inspectapedia.com/insulation/Insulation-Identification-Guide.php

On 2017-08-05 by rustyhook56

So a hole has formed on the backside of our shop and this substance is pouring out of it almost as if it was filled with it as an insulation any idea if this contains asbestos or not.

It's a vary fine salt and pepper looking power. I have a picture of it if there is a way to send it. We don't own the building but I would have to say it was probably built in the 70s to 80s

On 2017-07-18 by Karen

We are demolishing a cottage built in 1962, and the roofing and interior wall board systems have tested positive for chrysotile.

We had hoped to salvage our pine wood floor boards and stones from the fieldstone fireplace, but now I'm concerned whether the cement between the stones could contain any asbestos.

What would you think the likelihood would be of asbestos in the masonry cement? We'd have to chip it off the stones in order to reuse the stones on the property.

On 2017-06-25 by (mod) -

Sophie,

I don't have enough information to say, but depending on what is cracked, the heater may be unsafe

On 2017-06-25 by Sophie

I have a cracked wall heater and would like to know how can I repair it? Can I glue the two sides together? Or should I throw it away?
Thanks

On 2017-05-06 by (mod) - asbestos in gypsum door in an old school

Doors would not be made of gypsum - that's drywall, a material used on walls and ceilings. Doors might, for fire resistance have been covered with cement asbestos sheeting, depending on building age.

But no one of clear mind could certify whether or not the doors in your jobsite were "made of asbestos" from just an e-text, nor can we guess at your asbestos exposure.

In general, cement-asbestos products do not release high levels of asbestos dust into the air unless the cement-asbestos is being chopped, ground, cut, or otherwise disturbed.

On 2017-05-06 by John

I am doing volunteer work at a abandoned Catholic School. We were installing windows on classroom doors.

One of the volunteer, a contractor, leading the project initially claimed the doors were made of gypsum. He has since changed his mind and told us it was asbestos.

I did not install the windows to the doors, but I did sweep and clear the floors, afterwards. In total, I estimate that I had direct exposure to the material in the door for about 3 hours per day over 10 days.

My question is: Is the fire door made of asbestos? And should I be worried about my exposure?

Many thanks for an answer. Just want to have peace of mind.

On 2017-04-25 by (mod) - some asbestos products are still permitted today

Thanks Tyler, that's right, though incomplete; the bans on materials are sometimes more specific - so some uses are banned while others are permitted.

On 2017-04-25 by Tyler

You comment that asbestos was banned in 1990... but that was reversed and asbestos containing materials can still be used today.

Lead was banned from construction materials in the 90s and that ban is still in effect. Please note that this applies to the USA.

On 2017-04-21 by (mod) - age and location of a building help determine if it might harbor asbestos-containing products

Eric:

How old is the house? Where is it located - country, city, state or province? If it's a North American home built in the 70's you may be looking at UFFI insulation (search InspectApedia for that term to see photos).

YOu can also use the page top or bottom CONTACT link to find our email to send photos for comment.

On 2017-04-21 by Eric b

Im working on a house that cought on fire we have the house tore apart to the studs now we just took the dry wall ceilings down on top of the insilation

theres this white powdery substance all on top of the insilation wene i got up there it was a hole bunch of light white bricks on top of the insulation that wene u touch break apart

could this be asbestos mabey wene it comes down the whole structure gets cloudy and impossible to breath or c weve been wearing respirator masks

On 2017-04-20 by (mod) - asbestos in 1960 decorative breeze concrete blocks

I don't know, Joann; adding asbestos to normal residential construction concrete blocks would have been a bit odd but we don't really know what or where the blocks are or their source.

If you like, use the page top or bottom CONTACT link to send some sharp photos and we can post those for research.

On 2017-04-19 by Joann

I have from about early 1960 decorative breeze concrete blocks my grandfather built the fence with them they are 12"x12" would they contain asbestos? Auntjo1960@gmail.com

On 2017-03-19 by (mod) -

what's close to the "dpm" - sorry?

You're welcome to use the page top or bottom CONTACT link to send photos

On 2017-03-19 by becky colquhoun

1930's bungalow: We found a couple of white brick shaped blocks in the wall construction close to the dpm by the location of the old front door, very cementacious and chalky.

I was wonderinging if this was a cheap filler block used where space was a premium, else where is breeze block, or a fire brick or similiar, I am wondering if it is likely to contain asbestos. I have photos if needed.

On 2017-02-08 by Anonymous

I have brown colored fiberboard in the exterior walls of my home (under the stucco). The home was built in 1983 (in Colorado). I do not yet know the brand name. Is there a possibility that it contains asbestos?

On 2017-01-30 by Elsie

In the 1960's teachers in some school districts in BC were provided with bags of shredded asbestos to use as a craft supply.

We mixed it with wall paper paste and water to make a moldable substance that could be used to make puppet heads etc. Sometimes the young students would help us mix up the materials, shaking the loose, shredded asbestos from the bag into a bucket where it would be mixed up with the wall paper paste and water.

On 2017-01-19 by Gary

Did the above cookers have asbestos in their hot plate insulation covers

On 2016-12-09 by (mod) - asbestos wall insulation?

John, please use the page top or bottom CONTACT link to send me some photos if you like: of the insulation, paper backing, interior.
IT sounds like a cellulose/paper product. Yes there are asbestos papers and some insulation products specifically used asbestos paper as part of fire resistance, but that's not a product I've come across as common in residential construction.

On 2016-12-09 by John D.

I found some wall insulation that looks like paper (very old) - it has a black paper backing and the folded paper that makes up the bulk of the insulation is light brown. From everything that I've read and been told it is not asbestos, but has anyone ever heard of asbestos in a light paper form?

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