Covering 9X9 tile in basement (asbestos potential)
Hello. I am remodeling the basement of the 50+ year old house we bought recently. The floor is covered with those old 9X9 tiles, which the inspector and real estate agent both said I should assume contain asbestos. Rather than rip them out and deal with trying to remove the mastic, I am inclined to simply cover the old tiles (some of which have cracked) with a new flooring. While carpeting seems like a safe choice, I don't really want to have tacks driven into the old tile for fear of releasing asbestos into the air (we have a young daughter). Does anyone know what the best way would be to manage this project? Could I have a moisture-resistant base pad glued to the floor and then glue carpet on top? Is there any kind of carpet that can be attached to the walls (instead of the floor)? I know I'm grasping at straws here, but any ideas would be appreciated.