05:02AM | 01/18/10
Member Since: 01/17/10
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I have a home built in the 1950's and I am sure that the basement tile has asbestos (tiles are 9x9 and mostly dark). A few of the tiles have a crack in them and two of the tiles are broken but there is no dust or powdery substance near any of these. My children love to play in the basement. What is the danger? I'd love to have them removed but cannot afford it right now.


11:07AM | 01/25/10
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
There is very little danger with floor tile because any fiber is encapsulated in an asphalt or vinyl matrix. You can safely remove the loose floor tiles and discard them. If the floor is generally loose, try removing all of it using a wetting solution and a floor scraper. Just avoid excessive breakage, seal the tiles in plastic disposal bags and check with your disposal company on any other requirements. Most floor tile removed by the residential owner is not regulated. You can then recover the floor in a sheet product.

Another alternative may be to cover over the existing tile. The most appropriate choice will depend on whether you have moisture issues on the floor or not.
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