Ok, I am just going to ask, even though I think the answer will be what I don't want to do, which is to remove it all.
I bought an old church to turn into a home/artist studio.
The sanctuary is in very good shape. The basement, however, is going to be the first area to tackle.
I have asbestos tiles in the kitchen and bath and have removed those from the floor, most of them came right up - no problems. I have them packaged in 3 layers of heavy duty contractor bagging- boxed and wrapped with 4 mil plastic until I can find a place to take them for disposal. The problem I have is this:
I have ugly old 'bowling alley' type carpet in the remaining 2000 sq. ft of the basement. I cut a big slash in it and pulled it up to look underneath and it is glued on top of the asbestos tiles. At first I didn't see them as there was a thick yellow powder under the carpet which could be the result of decomposing carpet pad, adhesive or mold? When walking around on the carpet there are many 'crunchy' areas where I thought the concrete was cracking, but I now am pretty sure it is deteriorated tiles. My original plan was to pull out the carpet, lay radiant flooring (pex), then having 2-4" of concrete layed over the top.
I am a little worried about pulling up that carpet because it is glued ontop of crushed and broken asbestos tiling and it will bring much of the tile up with it and be a huge mess.
So........Is the cement heavy enough to go right over the whole mess? Can I lay it over cement?
As it is I see 3 options
option 1-remove the carpet and tiles and hope for the best
option 2- just cover the whole mess with concrete
option 3- frame in a floor joist system to float a floor above the mess ( would this support concrete?)
Please help! Any advice would be helpful and appreciated.