Asbestos Removal is extremely dangerous if the fibers and the dust become airborne. The disease that asbestos is related to is mesothelioma, which is a lung disease that cannot be cured. Asbestos was primarily used as an insulator and might be present in older homes where it was used in insulating duct work, furnances, and water pipes.
Most asbestos removal that was wrapped around pipes was covered and taped to seal the asbestos. Exposing these pipes or ducts creates the danger and opportunity for the asbestos to become airborne. Mitigation is licensed to deal with asbestos inspection and removal. Many times when an older home experiences flooding, fire, or other damage to walls or foundations asbestos may be found when repairs are being made.