A reader's Asbestos question: Asbestos-lagging?
Shane R. from JEROMESVILLE, OH , United States had this asbestos-lagging question.I JUST RENTED AN OLD HOUSE, THAT ALL THE FURNACE DUCT WORK IS WRAPPED WITH A WHITE, CLOTHY-PAPER LIKE TAPE. IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE ASBESTOS TAPE. IT IS IN VERY BAD SHAPE, COMING OFF IN STRIPS, HANGING OFF OF THE DUCTS. I SAID SOMETHING TO THE LANDLORD, HE SAID HE WOULD COVER IT WITH DUCT TAPE. THATS NOT GOOD IS IT? ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS ALL DRIED, COMING OFF. 'M SURE IF ITS BEEN AIRBORNE, IT HAS BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. BUT SHOULD IT BE REMOVED? NEW DUCT WORK INSTALLED? SHOULD THE LANDLORD TAKE CARE OF THIS? IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO IF HE DOES NOT? THANK YOU
I would say don't touch it, or try to tape it up yourself. You need to get it identified! Full stop.
If it is friable asbestos you need to know and it has to be fixed!
Number one, write a letter to your landlord as soon as possible.
If you get no response from him or he is slow, then I'd say contact you local authorities that handle asbestos. Maybe it will be OSHA. Let them take it over. Again find out who is in charge with dealing with asbestos and put it in writing. Phone calls can be denied.
Best of luck with it Shane, it may be a perfectly safe material, but in a case like this it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.
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