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KristiU02

07:11AM | 09/07/04
Member Since: 09/06/04
2 lifetime posts
I am in the process of laying new 12x12 vinyl tile in my kitchen & dining area. The existing floor consisted of hardwood flooring on top of 12x12 vinyl tile. The hardwood floor was not in good shape so we were trying to remove it without disturbing the vinyl tile underneath. However most of the vinyl tile came up with the hardwood floor. After all of this flooring was up, we noticed the asbestos warning on the new boxes of tile we purchased.

Our house was built in 1976. We installed the hardwood floor almost four years ago. I am unsure of the age of the vinyl tile underneath the hardwood floor, but I am pretty sure it was laid shortly before we purchased the house in 2000 as the previous owners were sure to give us the extra tiles they had in case we needed them.

When the flooring was removed, the concrete underneath was a dark, greenish color and was VERY sticky - so sticky we could hardly walk on it.

Now I am concerned I have exposed my family to asbestos. Can I be safe in assuming that since the vinyl tile was probably not that old that my chances of being exposed to asbestos were little if any? What about the adhesive? Does it contain asbestos? If I think I've been exposed, what should I do now?

Floorwizard

02:05PM | 09/07/04
Member Since: 07/21/04
41 lifetime posts
Don't worry too much.

If the tiles were installed after 1980 you are in good shape. no way to know for sure unless you want some samples taken.

*** "One floor expert to rule them all!" ***

KristiU02

02:37PM | 09/07/04
Member Since: 09/06/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for putting me a little more at ease. I think I may have an un-used original tile. I may see if I can find out when it was made and possibly have it tested. The tile was in excellent shape when we bought the house 4 years ago so I can't imagine that it was made or installed 20+ years ago!!

THANKS!


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