The Importance of Removing Asbestos Pipe Insulation

23 January 2015

Plumbing has come a long way since lead pipes and copper tubing, and several improvements on the materials used to create pipes have rendered most traditional forms of pipe tubing obsolete. The abolishment of some types of tubing in favour of others has been a necessity. One of the reasons for this is due to the growing scarcity of materials that have previously been abundant and affordable. Another more important reason is due to the fact that older pipes and tubing were often highly toxic.

From Roman lead pipes down to the slightly more ‘modern’ asbestos-insulated pipes of the mid-1800s to the late 1970s, the use of hazardous materials for industrial-grade proofing, insulation, or even general fabrication was quite commonplace. As time passed, studies have found a strong correlation between the use of these items and the development of certain diseases such as cancer. Other related health risks include complications of the pulmonary and cardiovascular organs, especially in cases of long-term exposure to asbestos insulated piping.

While asbestos-insulated pipes have been banned and have not been produced since the latter part of the 1980s, old buildings may nevertheless still have asbestos-insulated pipes pre-installed, and in working condition! When you come across asbestos insulated pipes, the best choice would always be to opt to remove asbestos pipe insulation. Doing this guarantees the utmost safety for yourself and your family.

Professional Asbestos Insulation Removal – Why Opt for It?

Asbestos insulation was often applied much like putty or cement is applied to surfaces, and it can chip off, become cracked and fall off and crumble into smaller pieces over time. It is those pieces that pose the greatest health threat. While you may be tempted to attempt asbestos insulation removal manually, there are a number of risks which can pose a grave threat to your health and that of your family.

Asbestos readily becomes powderised, and as such can readily enter the lungs or the nasal passageways and cause irritation. A not-so-well-known fact is that inhaling asbestos, even in trifling amounts, can be very dangerous. While wearing a face mask may lower the risk of inhalation, removing asbestos which is still bonded to piping isn’t an easy task. Manual removal of asbestos pipe insulation requires specialised tools, without these and the knowledge to use them can damage the piping.

Due to the difficult and dangerous nature removing asbestos pipe insulation, any known piping within one’s home or office which has confirm-able asbestos-lined insulation should only be removed by a professional.

Professional Asbestos Pipe Insulation Removal Service

G. Brand & Sons offers top-notch, state of the art asbestos pipe insulation removal for home and commercial buildings. Using only the best tools available today, they guarantee safe, thorough, and fast removal of asbestos insulation on nearly all types of piping and plumbing fixtures. For more information about asbestos safety and service, please visit:

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