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Asbestos Used to Insulate Pipes

Large networks of pipes are used in homes, offices, industrial settings and most everywhere else to carry liquids and gasses to rooms or machinery. This piping is often installed in areas that have extremely hot or cold temperatures, and it must be kept fully protected to continue operating at peak performance. Insulation is necessary to make sure the pipes are well wrapped and protected from the elements.

Insulation materials that were produced from the 1860's until the 1970's almost all contained asbestos. This is a mineral found in tremendous natural deposits that was mined constantly for more than a century. It was inexpensive and boasted a number of attributes that made it very appealing to manufacturers of insulation and other products. Among those beneficial features were the facts that it is able to withstand incredible amounts of heat and even act as a fire retardant; it can be shaped, molded and made into most anything; and it gives a great deal of strength and longevity to all of the goods that utilize it.

Asbestos is a Health Hazard

Despite these positive traits, asbestos has a quality that is such a health hazard the mineral was eventually banned from use in any American product. Exposure to the material can create great amounts of internal damage to the human respiratory system and is often responsible for the development of a sometimes deadly type of cancer known as mesothelioma. Sadly, even after this realization some companies continued to include it in their products, which allowed more people to become needlessly infected by the toxic material. This practice helped lead the Environmental Protection Agency to declare the mineral to be banned as an unfit ingredient in goods of any kind.

A mesothelioma prognosis is generally not a favorable one as there is no known cure discovered thus far. There is however a good number of top quality doctors practicing at mesothelioma cancer clinics across the country that utilize state of the art treatment protocols. Some of the more conventional treatment options include mesothelioma pleurodesis and pneumonectomy. There are also experimental therpies available such as mesothelioma photo-dynamic therapy, brachytherapy and mesothelioma immunotherapy. There have also been advances with the types of drugs available including Alimta®, Navelbine and Onconase.

Many people who were made sick because of pipe insulation and other items that contained asbestos, filed lawsuits against the manufacturers who created the dangerous products. So many claims were filed that the vast majority of these companies filed for bankruptcy. In most cases, the end result was that the manufacturers were allowed to be relieved of their ever increasing debts in exchange for establishing a trust fund to pay the victims in valid cases.

A second result of the ban was that products containing asbestos were removed and disposed of nationwide. While this was a noble effort, there is no way to be certain how many of these products escaped the attention of the professionals that took care of them and are still in public settings today. This allows them to continue to be a hazard to people, even so many years after they were officially banned.

Pipe Insulation Products Containing Asbestos

The following partial list of pipe insulation products were known to contain asbestos:

Product Name Start Year End Year
AC & S Aircell Pipe Covering 1958 1968
AC & S Armstrong Hi-Temp Pipe Covering 1958 1965
AC & S Armstrong Kaytherm Pipe Covering 1957 1964
AC & S Duplex Wool Felt Pipe Insulation 1956 1963
AC & S Kaylo Pipe Covering 1958 1959
AC & S LK Pipe Covering
Celetox Excel Pipe Covering 1925 1960
Celotex Carey Cell Pipecovering
Celotex Carey Pipecovering
Celotex Carey Temp-Check PCB (Pipecovering) 1942 1958
Celotex Carey York Pipecovering
Celotex Careytemp Pipecovering
Celotex Careytemp Pre-Molded Insulation
Crown Cork and Seal Mundet Pipecovering 1958 1963
Eagle Picher Hylo Pipecovering
Eagle-Picher Pipe Coverings 1956
Empire Ace Aircell Pipecovering 1959 1984
Fibreboard Caltemp Pipe Covering
Fibreboard Pabco Pipe Covering 1941 1971
Fibreboard Plant Pipe Covering
Fibreboard Prasco Pipe Covering
Fibreboard Super Caltemp Pipe Covering
GAF Frost-Proof Pipe Covering
GAF Ruberoid Anti-Sweat Pipe Covering
GAF Ruberoid Calsilite Pipecovering 1944 1971
GAF Woolfelt Pipecovering Insulation 1928 1959
GAF  Pipecovering Insulation
Johns Manville Asbestocel 1902 1975
Johns Manville Asbestos Sponge Felt 1961
Johns Manville Pipe Covering 1902 1970
Johns Manville Pipecovering
Johns Manville Superex Pipe Covering 1930 1971
Johns Manville Thermobestos Pipe Covering 1950 1974
Keene Enduro Pipe Covering 1924 1955
Keene Thermalite Pipe Covering 1950 1974
Keene Thermasil Pipe Covering 1956 1972
Nicolet BestFelt Pipecovering 1962 1963
Nicolet Cellotone 1939 1968
Nicolet Kay Therm Pipe Insulation 1962 1964
Owens Illinois Kaylo Pipe Covering
Owens Illinois Kaylo Pipe Insulation
Owens-Corning Fiberglass Kaylo Pipe Covering
Owens-Corning Fiberglass Kaylo Pipe Insulation
Pittsburgh Corning Unibestos Pipe Covering
Shook & Fletcher Insulation
Turner & Newall Aircell Pipe Covering 1952 1964
Turner & Newall Featherweight Pipe Covering 1962 1964
Turner & Newall K & M Pipe Covering 1962 1964
Turner & Newall Kaytherm Pipe Covering 1962 1964
Unarco Amocel Pipecover
United States Gypsum Corrugated Cool Felt Air C. Covering 1936 1939
United States Gypsum Pipe Coverings
United States Gypsum Pyrobestos PC Board & Stack Lining 1936 1939

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Learn more about asbestos and what you can do if you have been afflicted with poor health after being exposed to products that contained it. We have put together an informational kit with all the details you will want to know on the subject. Ask for your free copy and we will mail it directly to you right away.

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