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Old 04-08-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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Possible asbestos tile should I seal or remove tile


I bought a house in November and the home inspector said that the title in the basement might contain asbestos. The home was build in the 1950's. Here is my questions should I put on a mask and gloves and rip up all the tile or seal it up with concrete. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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Call your county health officer, they will advise you to get a test from a lab


Then if it is asbestos they will have you get it out, by a crew that is trained for this, and might even have a fund for asbestos abatement set up.

In no way should you even touch this before a test is performed.

And then just a mask and gloves are not enough protection to remove it. What about any airborne particules that you might kick up, getting to the kids or the wife, as you cannot contain this without a negative pressure tent.

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Old 04-08-2014, 11:59 PM   #3
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In most cases the tile is considered nonfriable meaning the asbestos fibers do not easily release. In a lot of areas this can be a DIY project provided you follow appropriate procedures. Check with your local building authority first and make sure you dispose of the waste properly. Here is a good write-up.

http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/asbestos/docs/Asbflr.pdf

That said, if they are not damaged or peeling up, you can cover them up. Encapsulating in concrete is not the way however.
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Why do you want to remove them?
What's the finished flooring going to be?
Left in place there's no danger, go over them with new flooring no danger, removing them is going to cause all the issues.
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Like Joe said, most new flooring can just go over them. What are you planning on putting down next?
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If they are 9" by 9" tiles, they are about 95% likely to be asbestos.

The tiles aren't as bad as the mastic (black glue) usually.

I prefer removing everything but I used to do abatement so maybe that has an impact on my thought process.

It isn't hard but it is stinky when it comes to the mastic remover.
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When I worked for a carpet store, the EPA told us it was better to just cover the tiles and adhesive whenever possible.(unless they were already friable and that is rare)
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If they are down tight, any flooring, except maybe ceramic, can easily and safely be installed right over them.
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The tile down pretty tight and is mainly in the center of the floor. The rest of the floor is exposed cement. So if I carpet the basement it won't be an issue. If I decide to do the laminate flooring I will want to even out the flooring. I don't want to turn this into a major project, but I want to eliminate any harmful hazards in the basement.
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The tile down pretty tight and is mainly in the center of the floor. The rest of the floor is exposed cement. So if I carpet the basement it won't be an issue. If I decide to do the laminate flooring I will want to even out the flooring. I don't want to turn this into a major project, but I want to eliminate any harmful hazards in the basement.
Sounds like you know what to do. The asbestos in the tile and adhesive is not a hazard as long as you leave it be.
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