Help Identifying Crumbling Insulation in Warehouse


Old 06-09-16, 07:59 PM
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Help Identifying Crumbling Insulation in Warehouse

I've recently moved my workshop into a warehouse which has old, degrading insulation which is falling from the ceiling almost daily in small and large clumps.

The landlord has told me its safe, but I was hoping somebody could tell me what type of insulation it is and whether it poses a health risk of any kind - i'll be working in there six days a week 8-5. It breaks up almost like an old cake between the fingers. Thanks Kindly, Doug
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Old 06-09-16, 08:10 PM
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Hi, Doug. Welcome to the best DIY forum on the Internet!

That insulation could be almost anything from wood fibers to, gasp, asbestos-containing material. The only way to know for certain is to have it tested at a materials testing laboratory. Do you trust the landlord to being 100% honest?

Note well that the rule is, if you think it might be asbestos then it must be treated as asbestos until proven otherwise.
Old 06-13-16, 06:02 AM
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Furd is correct in stating that it should be tested. Should cost $ 50.00 to $ 100.00.

There were and are many versions of cellulose that were wet sprayed to metal buildings to provide thermal protection. There are also cement/rock wool based materials spray applied to provide fire proofing which may have been a requirement when the structure was built.
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