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Deterioration of Flexible Ductwork
The photo shows a rather dramatic example of a flexible duct system that is falling apart due to faulty manufacturing materials.  This vinyl-type duct covering breaks down ("shreds") due to high attic heat levels.  The home in the photo was less than seven years old.

Once repaired or replaced, this duct system and all connections should be properly sealed with a Mastik-type compound (a thick plaster-like sealing mix that effectively seals air ducts).  Contrary to popular belief, duct tape is NOT good for air ducts -- attic heat dries and delaminates the tape, causing seals to come apart.

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The digital photo above was taken by a Guardian® home inspector during a pre-purchase home inspection.

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