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Possible asbestos flue

Discussion in 'Building' started by alb_alb, 28 Apr 2020.

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    alb_alb

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    Advice needed! My husband found and removed a small section of pipe from the kitchen wall after removing some boxing where what looks like an old boiler was. He has said it slid out from the wall easily and was fully in tact and in good condition. However I'm just worried about the potential dust or particles that may have been released from doing so. Is there any need to be worried? any advice on what I should do next, is it worth arranging a test to be carried out on the pipe for peace of mind?
     

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    As he didn't abrade the pipe with a power tool, he won't have made airborne much, if any particles.
    Double bag it and take it to the tip for a call ahead drop off.

    If you can find the route of the pipe, and there is more, and you can't remove it, then it's another kettle of fish. But a single (last?) piece in your house, removed none destructively is no drama.

    There is every chance your house and mine too is a scene of some horrific days-gone-by asbestos mashing / drilling / sanding and we're none the wiser. What's done is done.
    It's easy to say, but harder to do but try not to worry.

    You could get a test done but on the other hand if the piece gave up without a fight and is out, then move on.
    Edit- and yes I would say it's got asbestos in it . That pipe.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, it's put me at ease a bit. my husband assures me that it's ok but I just wish he had left it alone in the first place! We have an unused asbestos flue in the loft, still in tact, is it wise to have it removed or to leave it alone?
     
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    Seriously, the risks from these cemented asbestos flues is absolutely minimal and you and your hubby are in no danger from what you have experienced.
    If the remaining flue is posing no problem then leave it be, as it would likely need to be cut or smashed to get it out which could cause dust to be generated.
    If I am dealing with this stuff, I give it a good soaking in water first.
    John :)
     
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