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Aardvark

04:13PM | 01/26/04
Member Since: 05/29/02
46 lifetime posts
Many years ago some floor tiles were layed. I they're they were the vinyl type. But the shops I called around said that they are probably asbestos type tiles.

Question 1: Is it safe to remove those tiles? If not, would covering them with carpet or rug take care of the asbestos problem?

Question 2: With the floor underneath changing, I've noticed cracks in those tiles and need to know if those cracks could release asbestos into the air.

Damn, is this is another one of those issues that one had wished known about a hell lot sooner?


carpetman

07:40PM | 01/26/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
chances are, that they are asbestos type tile.the fact that they are cracked is not good.so # 1...GET THEM TESTED

(your local health dept will know where the test can be done)..# 2 if they are asbestos,you can cover the floor with 1/4" plywood,then add a new floor(this is called caping) or you can remove them by scraping them out,but be careful, DONT SAND THE FLOOR ,keep it wet to keep down the dust,get an asbestos safe mask.
talk to your local health dept,as to local laws re.disposal.if the glue that holds the tile down is black (called cutback) that has asbestos in it also,
think of these tiles as a loaded gun in your house......let us know what happens...good luck

Floorcraft

06:44AM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Best to cover them and forget about it as Carpetman said. It is only dangerous if scraped, or sanded dry. I would never recommend removal a DIY project even if you keep it wet, just because your better safe than sorry.
what floor do you want to replace it with?


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