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Old 04-27-2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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We just bought a house built in 1972. Before we moved our 2.5 month old son in, my husband did major renovations. When I called him to check on his progress one night he informed me he was having trouble pulling up tile flooring which we hadn’t discussed. I Freaked and told him to stop that it might contain asbestos. He assured me it didn’t contain asbestos. This was in February. It continued to bother me so I send some pieces to a lab a couple weeks ago. SURPRISE SURPRISE one – the one that was mostly in the house- came back 3% and the other which was only about a 30sqft area was 10%. However, the glue on the back does NOT contain asbestos. Now I am really really having a heart attack. We are still walking around on concrete floors because finances and other projects have kept us from putting down new floors. What happened, the story I have gotten from him—it definitely became friable because it wouldn’t come up. He chipped at it then he bought a machine that scraped it up. It broke into chunks. After that he did mop all the floors with bleach. He also had sanded and primed the walls. THEN we moved in. I am not sure what to do with this information. Do you think that his clean up sufficed and we are safe in the house with a now 4 mth old? Should I have the air quality tested or is it probably safe? I intend to have my son checked by the doctor. Do you all have any suggestions on how to fix this?

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Mopping with bleach doesn't help anything. Freaking out won't help. As soon as you can, cover the floor with carpet or something. But I personally would not worry too much.

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Rusty is right no heart attacks please, you will need to grind up the tile into dust in order for it go into the air and breath it in, although it would be best to have a specialist come and remove it if you need it out of you can just wear respirators with special filters would be fine.
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when you can afford it, definitely get it professionally removed. The only thing that is harmful is broken/chipped tiles that can create dust particles. Intact tiles are safe.

If you cannot have it professionally removed, I bet you could have it sealed over and then have a new floor installed on top. consult experts about that. I wouldn't just put carpet on top of chipped-up tiles. Asbestos dust is made-up of very very fine particles that likely move straight through carpeting... especially with repeated vacuuuming.
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Why won't mopping help? Are you just saying mopping with bleach wouldn't have helped bc bleach doesn't do anything special? I thought mopping was a good way to clean it up. We are putting floors down ASAP and I have a call in to a professional abatement & air quality company. Oye
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Bleach won't affect asbestos. It isn't alive like mold. It's a mineral.
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Bleach won't affect asbestos. It isn't alive like mold. It's a mineral.
exactly. You remember those fiberglass trays that used to be in cafeterias? you can see these long glass strands embedded into the plastic... Asbestos is exceptionally similar in its structure to fiberglass... it's just the silica strands are thinner.

the reason the dust is so exceptionally dangerous is because the dust is like microscopic glass shards. when you inhale it, they get stuck in your lungs like microscopic glass splinters. These splinters, unlike pollen or dust, cannot be cleared by your respiratory/immune systems, so it's like having a glass splinter irritating your tissue... FOREVER. Imagine how irritated your skin would be if you had a splinter and it never was removed. Lots of scarring and from all that constant irritation, eventually cancer development.....

Have you ever mopped the floor after construction (say sanding drywall or demolition)? You can mop the floor 5 times and it's still dirty. Mopping will not suffice. In addition, the fractured tiles will be generating more asbestos dust every time it is disturbed (such as when you walk on it). Definitely seek professional help for this problem, and in the interim, try to avoid that room as much as possible and keep the door closed.
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So what would a professional team do if mopping won't clean it? I'm talking about mopping the concrete after the tiles were removed. There are only a few tiles left in a hallway closet.
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They probably seal it in w/paint or something huh.

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