I purchased an old house (ca. 1920's) about nine years ago which had apparently been updated several times over the years. I have not been able to replace the carpet yet because of financial concerns. Recently, however, a new puppy ripped up a corner and exposed the flooring beneath. When I examined the floor, I found tile on top of oak boards. This would normally be great news, except for worries that the tile may be asbestos. The tile seems to be undamaged, but there is also a coating of black dust present. The tile is very thin and there is what appears to be a black paper under the tile which is adhered to the boards by black glue? My question now is whether the carpet is a sufficient barrier of protection? There is a pad under the carpet, but I have repeatedly cleaned the carpet over the years. Am I being paranoid, and what should I do about this situation? It would be a beautiful floor refinished, but....... Suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.
I just had asbestos tile removed that was under carpet. The mastic was asbestos also and it was tested but the guy said he knew it was asbestos as it was black mastic so I imagine yours is also. I'm willing to bet your tile is too if it is 1970 or so and before. Mine was on concrete. Had new tile put down which is not sticking in places. Not sure if it has anything to do with the removal stuff they used but they assured me it would be all cleaned off so new glue and tile would adhere. If the tile is in good condition (mine wasn't) just leave it. With the carpet you should not be in any danger but I do not know what the black dust is. Hopefully there is no mold under the carpet from washing it as that does happen. Have you looked under all of the carpet? That could be an even worse problem. That is one reason I got rid of my carpet -- I was afraid to get it cleaned as I have a friend that when the carpet was pulled up there was lots of mold under esp. in the padding. Then she knew why she was always so sick. You probably should get a remediator's opinion on it as they would know and if you get a reputable one they would not advise you to rip up the tile and mastic unless it was really necessary -- of course if you want the wood floor you have to let them do there thing.
Thanks for your post. I did have the tile removed and disposed of. Apparently, the dust was caused by the disintegration of the glue, which turned out to be pretty much water soluble. Unfortunately, the wood is stained pretty badly. I am in the process of sanding it down, but can't seem to get below the stains. I have tried regular bleach, but that does not help much. I cannot find any wood bleach in my area and will probably have to search eleswhere for some. Most of the rest of the house is painted wood under carpet, so that may be easier.
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