09:26AM | 07/27/05
Member Since: 07/26/05
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I bought a very old house (circa 1840) about two years ago. As a then fairly ignorant homebuyer, I did not inspect the flooring and rather assumed they were original wood under the rugs.

The home has faux-marble tile over most of the flooring. I believe it probably contains asbestos. It is in good condition and so far, what we have done is to contain the floor with wall-to-wall carpeting.

I have read all about asbestos tiles and it seems like they are pretty safe, as long as they are in good condition and are contained. I worry, however, about cuts in the floor from heating ducts and also just general wear and tear that will occur over the years.

I would very much appreciate any suggesions. Is it worth taking the tiles out if they come out relatively intact? Just generally, is this something I should be very worried about? Is this quite common, or did I get really ripped off? Thanks very much!!!


02:19PM | 07/27/05
Member Since: 02/17/05
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Don't beat yourself up because of finding potentially asbestos tile! It happens to everyone. And the truth is, unless you are bothered by it, it isn't hurting anything or anyone just leaving it there.

Cuts around vents are not a problem either. The only time I would recommend removal is if the tile is crumbly or in small pieces; or, if you have to because a flooring contractor insists on it before doing floor work (which is happening more and more).

If you decide to remove it yourself, I would strongly recommend going to the website of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute where you can find step by step instructions for removal using what are called "safe methods".

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