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asbestos in heating ducts

We wanted to have our ducts cleaned and had them done before and were told they could not do them because of asbestos. what year was this elimated from homes and shouldn't we have known this
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March 12 2009 - Redondo Beach
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If you had the home inspected when you bought it, you'd usually find out about this.  If it's hidden from plain view, though, the inspector may not dig that far in.
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March 12 2009
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our house was built in 1964.  redondo beach ca.  could there be an issue since they were cleaned by someone years ago multiple times and who can I check with to be sure of this claim
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March 12 2009
Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.  Usually the ducts would be wrapped on the exterior with asbestos.
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March 12 2009
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Asbestos was used in duct wrap insulation up until sometime in the 70's. If your ducting has wrapping and it looks like thick white colored paper or grey plaster, sort of like a cast material on a broken arm, leg, etc,  it more than likely contains asbestos. If that's the case, a cleaning co. may be reluctant to clean them as there is a possibilty of drawing in some lose material into the ducts via the joints. Some duct sealant used on the seams also contained asbestos.
If your ducts aren't wrapped, or they are wrapped with something other than the above description, you should'nt have an issue. Most wrapping after the 70's has fiberglass or some other material wrapped in vinyl and put around the ducts.
Pictures are always helpful.
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March 13 2009

Asbestos is not generally considered hazardous unless its in a state called friable.  The typical home inspection should have pointed out to you where asbestos existed in the home so that you could have either worked the condition out with the seller or monitored the locations.

Many old homes have asbestos due cost and superior insulating properties. You would likely see it near heaters and furnaces.  Asbestos tape was used on air ducts before aluminum duct tape.  It was used for a while in popcorn ceiling texturing.  

I would advise you hire a professional asbestos inspector to review the condition.  The cost to abate is one off those items that is either modest or expensive.  Unfortunately now that the consideration is discovered it has to be dealt with.

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March 13 2009
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we had a company come in to clean out our vents and he was talking about asbestos before he even looked ...he came downstairs after 30 seconds ranting and raving about asbestos and how he couldn't touch it but that he could recommend a company that would come in and clean it out..since the home was built late 80's we had 2 other companies come in and check it out..both told us there was no asbestos and it was a scam...get a 2nd and 3rd opinion and check the business license of the company you are using
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July 28 2013
Asbestos was used as a wrap on the pipes back then not inside them.
It was an ingredient used in the process of the manufacturing of the tape.
They can't be disturbed is the only thing, asbestos can't made to be allowed to become 'air borne' that is the only concern about the product.
I suppose that they could be cleaned but because of the age no company probably wants the liability of them coming apart.
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