We are pulling up rugs in our family home.
Once a foyer rug and those metal plates in the doorway
to hold the rugs down came up we had two "carpet sandwiches".
The top layer are rugs put down in the mid-80s and they are
clearly simply tacked (not glued).
The bottom layer are rugs put down in the mid-70s. They have a
black pad that has either melted or been ? glued ? to the wood plank sub-floor and the black padding is crumbly to the touch. We don't recall
it being glued but it is a long time ago.
If glued could it be asbestos glue?
If asbestos glue, could it have somehow "seeped" into
the rubber padding and possibly released when that padding crumbles?
Is this something we could test ourselves? If so any suggestions?
(because of the crumbly nature of the pad not sure how to
If it is better to leave the bottom rugs undisturbed...
can we pull up the top ones without causing a "potential"
Do we need to seal up those exposed edges
and HOW would you do that?