Transite pipe was widely-used in many home underground air duct systems from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. These cement pipes had asbestos fibers mixed in them, resulting in stronger and thinner pipes that were ideal for underground duct systems of the time. The 80’s brought awareness of asbestos and its harmful cancer-causing properties and because of that, use of transite piping ceased.
Many older homes today still contain transite piping in their underground ductwork. Undisturbed transite pipe generally doesn’t pose a health risk but over time, deterioration due to moisture or damage releases the carcinogenic asbestos fibers into the system. So while vintage homes may be charming, aging transite piping beneath the floor could pose health risks to both current and future owners if not properly remedied. For a homeowner who is trying to sell their home, the discovery of transite piping poses a pretty daunting problem.
You can bet that homebuyers today are having their potential new home inspected for environmental health risks like asbestos – especially if it’s an older home. Many times, sellers are not aware their home contains transite piping until it is discovered by a home inspector during the home inspection. At that point, the responsibility lies with the seller to quickly remedy the situation. Slow or no action by the seller can delay home negotiations and swing them in favor of the buyer. Even worse, sellers run a pretty big risk of losing the sale of the home entirely if they don’t take swift action.
Our patented product completely encapsulates deteriorated transite pipes, locking down the harmful asbestos fibers, sealing them in and ensuring they remain permanently undisturbed. A welcome solution that eliminates the risk of asbestos fibers ever making their way into the air you breathe.