View Full Version : Poss. asbestos near pipes?

11-07-2008, 04:30 PM
I am new to DIY, with a recent home purchase I am getting a warm welcome. However, fixing a leak in the wall shows a batt of between two wall joists. My father in law passed away from asbestos and hence wife is worried.

I checked online and most of the time, the asbestos I saw was white coatings?
The lines you see are from the lattices*? (*thin strips of wood resembling thick shims).
The paper has no labels, so I can't check online.

Could anyone tell me if there is a likely chance there is asbestos in this batting? Thanks!

11-07-2008, 05:04 PM
Asbestos does not usually look like that . What you have looks like fibreglass, or rock wool. An asbestos test in not very expensive, and would give her peace of mind.

11-07-2008, 07:36 PM
That sure does look like fiberglass. You can see the light from the flash on the camera shining on the glass fibers.

If you take a sample outside and hold a lighter or torch flame to it, it will melt if it is fiberglass.

11-07-2008, 07:57 PM
thank you everyone, yes it is indeed fiberglass (the cotton candy like substance got stuck on a scan)... I think I was more or less confused... I still don't know if I am 100% but, I thought that asbestos was IN older fiberglass batts...

Also while you all are so helpful, any quick ways to drain a horizontal pipe when opening the drain below it does nothing?


11-07-2008, 07:57 PM
That is not asbestos, and even if it were I doubt that you are in any danger. I worked with asbestos powder, paste, and sheets for years, along with asbestos tile and asbestos water mains, and have NEVER even had a cough from it. And that was for a period of about 50 years.

11-07-2008, 08:00 PM
Since you are new to this, I will mention about asbestos being in popcorn paint usually, found on ceilings in older homes. http://www.asktooltalk.com/questions/faq/interior/ceilings/patch_ceiling.php

That picture of yours looks like fiberglass to me. And, unfortunately, I have seen alot of the real deal.

I am sorry to hear about your father in law, and I can understand your wife's concern.

11-08-2008, 06:06 AM
Well, just to send an update I repaired four right angles and one busted section ~3". I turned on the water with my wife upstairs and all I heard was "TURN IT OFF!" There was another single pipe going to the toilet across the ceiling that created a waterfall. Was kind of funny.

Thanks everyone for the assistance which put us at ease. Here is a pic of the wall once ripped out. Maybe it'll help someone one day, I don't know, but anyway here it is.