I purchased a house built in 1965 last year and the basement has leaked for the past 10-15 years on and off. As such, many of the floor tiles have become very loose and popped up off the floor. I know from neighbors that they are asbestos tiles (9x9) and since I have some ambition to renovate the 1500 sq. ft. basement, I have already started to remove some of the tiles. Because of this site, I learned and followed all the precautions discussed in previous posts to safely remove the tiles. It has gotten to the point that nearly none of the tiles break during removal.
My concern now, however, is what about the black mastic glue that is beneath the tiles. I would want to know if this is a problem as well. Someone informed me that I should cover the high traffic areas with plywood to prevent further disturbing any of the mastic that may contain asbestos as well. I was also told that as I remove the tiles, to cover the mastic asap with whatever new floor tile I decide upon. Any recommendations here?
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