Ginko 14

09:11AM | 06/26/03
Member Since: 06/24/03
3 lifetime posts
Just bought a house with same basement. How did your job turn out? Did you take out the tile or go over it? Very curious as we are supposed to have carpet and padding put over our asbestos tile in two weeks.

plumber Tom

08:17PM | 06/26/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
I really am concerned here @ the advice people are trying to give. IF YOU SUSPECT OR HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE ANYTHING IN YOUR HOME CONTAINS ASBESTOS, YOU MUST HIRE A PROFRESSIONAL ASBESTOS REMOVAL CONTRACTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are you willing to risk the health of your children and even that of your own? Asbestos contains minute glass fibers, when inhaled, could cause your lungs to bleed. In turn you drown in your own blood. Scared yet? people cut corners and try to do DIY, but this is serious business. Do yourself a favor and get it done right!


06:14PM | 06/30/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
12 lifetime posts
Ginko, I was still a bit paranoid about trying to do the job myself, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a professional (the same one who removed the duct wrapping) come in and take a look. I also called an company that specialized in environmental hazards in the home as well as speaking to a local university professor who teaches preventive medicine and all of the local EPA's asbestos removal classes. Not one of them expressed serious concern about the tiles. Indeed, the professor was more concerned about potential lead paint in the house as opposed to the tile. The environmental specialist went into a long and involved explanation about how the asbestos is bonded with the tile in the manufacturing process and how difficult it would be to expose it. The contractor, who could have made a mint off me, suggest the same things Glenn and Piffin suggested, or, at the very least, simply cover it with linoleum or new tile (as several of my neighbors have done). He told me not to worry about the tile under the carpet as the carpet would act as a decent encapsulant.

Will I eventually remove at least the exposed tile? Yes, but it has gone way down on my priority list. Is the basement a playroom yet? No, but it is my office. I am not sure if it will ever become a playroom for my daughter, but there is a nice bar down there, so it's already my playroom. I feel as if I have done my due diligence on the matter. Due your own research and see how you feel. Asbestos is not something to be messed with, but on the other hand, don't buy into all of the horror stories like I did. At the very least have a contractor out to look the tile over. It shouldn't cost you anything. Good luck!

vin g

09:57AM | 01/08/04
Member Since: 01/07/04
2 lifetime posts
I am in a similar situation however, I removed the asbestos tiles to find a black tar like adhesive on the concrete slab below. I would like to put down a porcelain tile floor over this but, I am aprehensive I will not be able to get a good bond because of this layer. I tried using an adhesive remover with a metal scraper purchased at my local home improvement center but it had zero effect. My installer assured me it would not be a problem to lay the tiles over this but, he also will not be around five years down the line when they start to pop-up. Do I need to remove the adhesive residue and if so is there a way of doing so without grinding which I know is an asbestos no-no?


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