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 help identify pipe wrap material
Author: Ratsy19 (IL)

Can anyone help me identify the wrap material used on my cold water supply piping? The pipe comes out of my meter to supply the house. I was told that it keeps the pipe from sweating and dripping. It is well over 30 years old and shows no sign of coming loose. Any chance it contains asbestos?


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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: PlumberLoren (CA)

Not sure but I think you are on the right track. Could be a type of wrap with asbestos. Someone with experience with that material will surely chime in.

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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: stuckinlodi (MO)

from this website:

[inspectapedia.com]

"Quoting from the US EPA Basic Advice on asbestos in homes:

What if I have asbestos in my home?

The best thing to do is to leave asbestos-containing material that is in good condition alone. If unsure whether or not the material contains asbestos, you may consider hiring a professional asbestos inspector to sample and test the material for you. Before you have your house remodeled, you should find out whether asbestos-containing materials are present.

If asbestos-containing material is becoming damaged (i.e., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart) you should immediately isolate the area (keep pets and children away from the area) and refrain from disturbing the material (either by touching it or walking on it). You should then immediately contact an asbestos professional for consultation.

It is best to receive an assessment from one firm and any needed abatement from another firm to avoid any conflict of interest. In such a scenario as described above, asbestos-containing material does not necessarily need to be removed, but may rather be repaired by competent companies familiar with the process".



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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: packy (MA)

when i worked at the boston navy yard (60's) we used to make beds in the asbestos piles.
if we ripped out asbestos covered piping or ductwork and inhaled a bunch of asbestos, they sent us to the mess hall to get an ice cream to wash it down.. i swear this is the truth..

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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: stuckinlodi (MO)

I think that all the lawsuits and other legal problems have caused a lot of this asbestos-fear we have now. Although I'm pretty sure the fibers if inhaled can cause problems in the lungs. The cleanup is a big-business now with specialized procedures, no doubt due to all the EPA regulations. But asbestos was good at what it did for insulation and brake shoes, so we've lost another good product due to fear. Like DDT, wonderful at what it could do but some misuse and the lawyers took it away. Alcohol, iPhones and cigarettes kill a lot more people than asbestos but I don't see them getting taken away anytime soon.



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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: Ratsy19 (IL)

Have any plumbers out there ever seen or worked with this product? Any knowledge of what it is?

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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: packy (MA)

not me..

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 Re: help identify pipe wrap material
Author: bernabeu (SC)

looks like it 'may' be automotive exhaust/muffler wrap - potentially IS asbestos

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