06:16PM | 10/25/06
Member Since: 10/24/06
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Hi -- I have looked everywhere but all the posts are about 1960s and older.

I have a house built in the 1940s, we are getting ready to redo the kitchen and have begun pulling up the vinyl floor (probably pretty new), underneath all of that is at least another layer of either linoleum or vinyl (big long pieces, not individual tiles). We are trying to get to the hardwood floors that are underneath.

What is the possibility of asbestos being under that first layer? How do I remove it?



12:53PM | 11/04/06
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Only way to find out is to check.

You do not remove asbestos, you must have it removed by a licensed contractor.


07:54AM | 12/02/06
Member Since: 10/28/05
312 lifetime posts
I would say there is probably a 99% probability that there is abestos somewhere in that 1940's resilient flooring system.

The only way to know is to ahve a small piece of it tested in a local lab.

someone can come to your home or you can chip off a small piece and place in a zip lock bag and take to ahve tested.

here are some great asbestos links.


There are two ways to do any job. The right way and the wrong way. Do it right everytime.




04:45PM | 07/11/13
A fried of mine and I just removed the linoleum from my kitchen's cement slab. I kept asking my contractor and "knowledgeable" friend about the possibility of asbestos and both of them said there wouldn't be any in linoleum. So now, after it has been taken up, and it took us almost 15 hours straight, even using a scraper machine, I decided to google this question. I am now horrified that I did not go on my instincts and that it might have had asbestos in it. What have we exposed ourselves to, and what should we do if we have been exposed? House was built in 1954. I have no way of knowing when this floor was put down, but knowing how the rest of this house was built, I would venture to say it was laid when the house was built.


02:38PM | 07/17/13
Member Since: 12/20/10
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Asbestos is dangerous when it's turned into dust and inhaled. I honestly wouldn't worry about it unless you were inhaling loads of dust the whole 15 hours (and if you were, you should have been wearing a mask to protect your lungs from any dust *wink*).
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