I pulled up the carpet in my house and found chipped edges of asbestos tiles around the edges of all the rooms. I need to figure out what I can do to seal it in. Or should I just have an abatement team come in and remove them. I heard that maybe it is safer for the environment that I seal them in and lay a subfloor.
Looking for some ideas.
There's nothing to seal, what do you want to seal? It's not air or liquid, it's not oozing! The fibers are encapsulated in the tiles. Just don't sand the tiles, although most professionals that have done this don't believe any harm would come of it unless you did it everyday for many years.
This abatement scare is a big $$$ maker for the most part. I had a customer a few years ago that paid one of these companies close to 3K to remove about 200 sq. ft. of sheet vinyl which had the old Hydrocord backing. First they had to test for asbestos, $$$. I knew it contained asbestos just by looking at it. They didn't even remove the lauan plywood that required removing for the next floor. I would have removed the sheet vinyl and the lauan for about $300, AND I wouldn't have disturbed the asbestos as they did. Can you say RIPOFF?
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