Can you guess what is this paper looking stuff around the duct in an Arlington home? Why is it important to know?
I continue to learn in this business. The paper looking thing is duct insulation containing asbestos. If you are not familiar with asbestos – it is a mineral fiber that under certain circumstances can cause lung disease – this is my very abbreviated explanation. You can read more here. This is a photo from a very recent home inspection in an old home in Arlington. This paper was used as insulation for ducts in unfinished parts of the home. When you buy an older home – the potential for banned materials – like lead based paint, asbestos is much higher – so do the research and understand what you are getting yourself into. In most situations these materials are insulated and do not cause any harm, but if you are thinking about remodeling, removing walls, disturbing old surfaces – you absolutely HAVE to educate yourself and hire professionals who understand the hazards and are certified by appropriate organizations.