01:39PM | 09/13/03
Member Since: 09/12/03
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We're planning to tile our kitchen floor. Some experts told us to just tile over the existing linoleum floor. Since the floor is somewhat wavy, we pried through the layers and found three layers of linoleum (the house in 35 years old) and a musty mell filled the air. What does the musty smell mean (moisture?). Any tips on how to remove the layers (rather brittle on some areas, more like the Wall of China on others). Also, once the sub floor is exposed what kind of treatment is recommended for the musty smell? The floor is directly over the basement, no suspended ceiling, just exposed hoists, wires, cables and heating vents. Thanks for your help.

Graham Flooring

03:38PM | 09/13/03
I would suggest tearing up what you can. In the case that you have aspestos tile under there , mist it down with some water, and the pry it up to prevent any dust from getting into your lungs. Then lay a sound subfloor followed by your new vinyl floor.
As far as your moisture problem. You have what sounds like an unfinished basement. Its not uncommon for three layers of vinyl to catch some moisture in between the layers. Just use your best judgement.

Good luck


09:11AM | 09/16/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Get educated on asbestos in vinyl before youget going on this. You can never be too educated when it comes to asbestos removal. If you do not properly mist, some shaving will remain in places like vents and continue to infect.


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