Asbestos in vinyl flooring?
It sort of seems like you are looking for an endorsment of how you handled your floor. Agree that the majority of those who had/have health issues are people who worked in high concentrations of asbestos. That is pretty much what you would expect to see in any occupation that works around a dangerous process. A carpenter is more likely to get splinters than the average person. That doesn't mean that the average person won't get splinters. That does not mean that it is a less dangerous material, only that you lessen the odds of a problem by limiting your exposure. My expectation is that you won't suffer any ill effects. Asbestos in floor tile is held in a pretty heavy matrix and not particularly likely to become airborne. Breaking the tiles has the potential to release fibers and so they should be kept wetted to prevent their becoming airborne. Wearing the proper respirator is a given. Wiping up dust with damp a cloth is recommended practice. Letting the cloth dry or washing it and reusing it is problematic. Now if you wantonly broke the stuff without any regard for particles becoming airborne, stomped through the house shedding tile dust from one end to the other and left your kids play with the broken fragments, then you've changed the odds. FWIW, not all 9x9 tiles were asbestos containing, and not all 12x12s are asbestos free. Same with the mastic used to hold them down. Testing is the only way to know.
Last edited by Maintenance 6; 08-04-2011 at 07:42 AM.