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04:31AM | 05/02/06
Member Since: 05/01/06
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I think I have a small area of asbestos tile at the bottom of the basement stairwell (approx 3 feet wide by 12 feet long) all other areas of the basement are just cement floor. We recently had a small flood and had to remove all the carpet which was only over the asbestos tile. Rather than remove the tile (but now knowing it is there) can we just carpet over it again or does it have to be removed? Should we put a paint sealant on the suface first? Knowing it is there now, is our family at risk? There are two cracked tiles on the outer edges (secure - not loose) but all other tiles are still intact.

Fortress

06:47AM | 05/04/06
Member Since: 02/17/05
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You do not HAVE to remove the tile. The only way it would cause any hazard to your family would be if it is pulverized and turned into dust (like through some kind of sawing or grinding operation). I doubt very much you are planning on doing anything like that. If you want to carpet over it or paint over it, or anything like that it would be perfectly acceptable. The biggest concern is not the hazard of the asbestos but how firmly attached the tiles are. If they are loose it won't make a very good base for anything you lay over it.

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