It ends up that this great, dry, carpeted basement that we envisioned as a playroom for our baby daughter in our new house is lined with tiles that contain asbestos. The previous owners added padding and carpet over these tiles. The tiles on their own, don't bother me much because I don't believe the baby will be breaking up or sanding the tiles. However, it's my understanding that the glue used to lay the tiles also contains asbestos and as the tiles become loose (and I can tell some are loose under the carpeting and padding)the asbestos fibers are released.
I am not sure what to do. Certainly, dropping a mint on professional removal is an option, but I know I can also try to cover it some more or encapsualte it. I was thinking about ripping up the carpet (which is not in bad shape) and cementing over the tiles and then re-carpeting. Is that stupid? Any help would be greatly appreciated!