I am in the process of laying new 12x12 vinyl tile in my kitchen & dining area. The existing floor consisted of hardwood flooring on top of 12x12 vinyl tile. The hardwood floor was not in good shape so we were trying to remove it without disturbing the vinyl tile underneath. However most of the vinyl tile came up with the hardwood floor. After all of this flooring was up, we noticed the asbestos warning on the new boxes of tile we purchased.
Our house was built in 1976. We installed the hardwood floor almost four years ago. I am unsure of the age of the vinyl tile underneath the hardwood floor, but I am pretty sure it was laid shortly before we purchased the house in 2000 as the previous owners were sure to give us the extra tiles they had in case we needed them.
When the flooring was removed, the concrete underneath was a dark, greenish color and was VERY sticky - so sticky we could hardly walk on it.
Now I am concerned I have exposed my family to asbestos. Can I be safe in assuming that since the vinyl tile was probably not that old that my chances of being exposed to asbestos were little if any? What about the adhesive? Does it contain asbestos? If I think I've been exposed, what should I do now?
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