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jayhar

05:04PM | 02/19/05
Member Since: 02/18/05
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Hello, I just purchased a house built in 1946. The basement has had water problems as the old carpet and tile underneath is coming up. I was told the tile is probably asbestos. It is mostly loose and appears broken in some places. Is this something I can remove myself? What if I wet it prior to removal and wear an asbestos approved regulator? I have read a little about some folks doing this themselves but am a little scared of the health risks involved. Any helpful suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thanks, Jay

Piffin

05:44PM | 02/19/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
fact is that it is not all that dangerous unless you work all your life with it or you are less than two years old.

in most places it is OK to DIY it. regulations are much lower for the one time HO than for pros doing it all the time.

The only way it can possibly hurt you is if you breathe the dust particles. So prevention involves misting with a sprizer bottle to keep dust settled and to wear a Niosh N-100 respirator or dust mask. To keep the dust and residues from migrating to the rest of the hosue or the kids, wear a coveralls, washable or duisposable tyvek, and keep them in the work area. Drape that area to keep the dust from moving out, and keep misting to settle dust. If you have a hot air furnacem get a HEPA filter for it, and change it after the job is done.

Check with your local folks - enforcement stuff. Most landfills allow placing the asbestos there if uit is double bagged in heavy duty trash bags and labeled as asbestos.

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Timbear

04:13AM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 11/07/04
83 lifetime posts
We have a similar situation. The EPA says to leave asbestos alone wherever possible. You can put vinyl tile over your existing tile , you will need to replace the broken areas with some kind of underlayment or compound. Disturbing asbestos is not a good idea. Sealing it up is the best route to go.
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