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Old 03-26-2015, 12:16 PM   #1
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I have a room with ceiling tiles. My inspector didn't know what type of tiles they are. My electrician thinks they are mineral tiles. What do you guys think?

This is my son's room so if there is a chance that they are asbestos then I want to test them, but I'm not sure how to do that either.

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Just look like old Masonite tiles to me.
No asbestos.
The tiles interlock so there is no easy way to replace the damaged ones even if you could find them.
I've covered up plenty of them with sheet rock to get it out of the 70's look.
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My understanding is that even if they were asbestos, it wouldn't be a problem except for it being a pain (read: costing an absurd premium) to dispose of them. The concern with asbestos was mostly occupational exposure, and just having asbestos in tiles in a room you live in isn't really a problem.

See, e.g., http://www.webmd.com/lung/asbestos-exposure
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The only way to be certain that a given product does or does not have asbestos in it is to have it tested at a certified laboratory. There are lots of laboratories around that do this type of testing. You can locate them on line or via the yellow pages (if there is still such a thing as yellow pages). Call the lab, they will instruct you how to take a sample that they can test. No one on an internet forum can possibly know if a given product has asbestos content, it is amazing the number of products that had asbestos in them.

Should you decide to abate the asbestos, if your tiles test positive, the EPA website has a lot of good information on the process of abatement. As to disposal, the rules are very complicated about what percent and type of asbestos triggers the need for disposal at a licensed asbestos disposal facility. In my experience, much of the time the asbestos containing product can be placed into special bags and disposed of at a regular landfill, but of course you have to check first with the landfill.
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My understanding is that even if they were asbestos, it wouldn't be a problem except for it being a pain (read: costing an absurd premium) to dispose of them. The concern with asbestos was mostly occupational exposure, and just having asbestos in tiles in a room you live in isn't really a problem.

See, e.g., http://www.webmd.com/lung/asbestos-exposure
Oh--sorry, I didn't notice the flaking in the original images you posted. Yeah, if it's flaking I'd probably dump it whether it's asbestos or not, since the issue is with breathing the fibers. You can get it tested and then price removal.
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Only way they would be an issue if they did contain asbestos is if someone started tearing, grinding sanding them.
Left in place, and painted there's 0 issue.
Pay someone to remove them and there going to be dust everywhere, and a big bill.
Cover with sheet rock, no more issues, far more modern look.
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