Roeder insists that there has been no other incident of asbestos exposure or improper removal at any other time during the renovations. I used a little bit of adhesive remover and a heat gun and scraped them up. Some floor adhesives contain asbestos. If I were to use this approach to remove asbestos vinyl tiles in a persons home, I would contain the area, seal off ducts etc. You should never remove asbestos tiles yourself. Asbestos wasn't as bad as made out to be. Encapsulating asbestos is often cheaper and safer than trying to remove it. This is a highly invasive project that will break up and scatter asbestos fibers, so you need to take the highest level of caution. More importantly, it’s scary because of the health hazards that asbestos tile flooring is associated with. Abatement is a petty extensive process! In the UK, there are three commonly used types of asbestos that can be found in buildings and materials all over the country. Paid 5,000. In some instances, you may want to remove your asbestos tiles before installing another type of flooring. Not sure how that gets cleaned. Hence, the same precautions need to be taken with the glue as with the tile. The only downsides of that are: 1) An asbestos abatement contractor is more likely offer removal than encapsulation. The flooring during this period was usually made in 9-inch squares and is quite a bit thicker than most of the modern vinyl tiles. It is definitely not tiles or galvanised iron, but is made from a corrugated material which he suspects may contain asbestos. He has noticed that a number of his neighbours in the street have recently had their roofs renovated. by Todaddit in HomeImprovement Todaddit 0 points 1 point 2 points 12 months ago . It becomes necessary to remove asbestos when ACMs are too damaged to encapsulate, and there is a foreseeable risk of releasing fibres. I accidentally pulled up loads of these when doing the kitchen. Is this the best approach, and if so, should the flooring be sealed somehow before the carpet is installed? Due to the severity of associated health risks, it should definitely be removed if located in more risky areas. One of the main ingredients used in old asbestos tiles was asphalt, so they were primarily made in dark colors only. One notable instance is if you plan to restore the wood flooring underneath the asbestos vinyl tile. Truth is, it’s a little complicated. I’m going to assume you’re using an abatement company. Step 3 – Date the Tiles. A lot of the mastic used to glue the tiles down back then also had asbestos in them, so removing the tiles becomes problematic, as the methods to remove the tiles and glue are the same methods that are going to create your airborne hazard. Note that if you rent rather than own your property, speak to your landlord first as it is their responsibility to manage any asbestos in the building – not yours. Fill in the form below and we’ll arrange for you to receive three quotes from local and qualified asbestos removal companies. It’s commonly found as duct and pipe insulation, vermiculite attic insulation, ceiling and wall acoustical tiles, cement asbestos siding, and floor tiles (and floor tile adhesives). Suspect asbestos has been spread throughout entire house. Would you recommend going to an independent lab to test or get one of those abestos abatement professionals to do it (since it seems many offer the testing service too)? If your asbestos is in good health and unlikely to be accidentally damaged, it poses little risk. Domestic asbestos cement roof sheets can be removed by anybody, ... Asbestos roof tiles are usually found on domestic dwellings. The smell was unbearable. Back to top. I am brand new at this homeowner stuff and I needed to get the carpet up in the dining room. I recently removed a small, 17-square ft. area of old 9X9 1960’s VAT’s (vinyl-asbestos tiles) and didn’t realize it until two weeks later. You are interested in: Asbestos ceiling tiles photos. Suspect asbestos has been spread throughout entire house. Vinyl asbestos tiles should not be sanded, and the glue that holds the tiles to the floor should not be sanded either. I now have been reading that at least some or all are asbestos tiles. To remove asbestos, you need to employ a professional to carry out the work. Non-friable asbestos was incorporated into materials such as cement sheets and vinyl floor tiles. But I'm willing to take my chances. They can be laid just like ordinary slate roofs and from a distance, often look very similar. NO mask. After asbestos was banned, the tile companies were allowed to sell their remaining stock. If an asbestos ceiling tile is drilled or broken, for example, it may release fibers into the air. Due to the nature of bitumastic adhesive, the cost of removing it is often far greater than the cost of removing the floor tiles. Next day tide laundry detergent liquid as suggested by abatement company. Had asbestos floor tiles removed 2 weeks ago by abatement company. In some places, I went all the way down to very black sticky tiles. As stated before, the old black cutback adhesive had more asbestos than the tiles. If it is left alone and not disturbed, it will not. By layering over the asbestos floor tiles, the asbestos fibres remain trapped in … If the “slates” appear to be faded and have noticeable white parts, they are most likely to be asbestos cement. 2) You are probably legally required, and certainly ethically required, to disclose the fact that there is asbestos tile under the new floor when you sell. specialsubject Tue 10-Apr-18 13:15:43. Accidentally removed (possible) asbestos ceiling tiles. Don’t let that frighten you, though. Take it to the tip yourself. This is mainly because the cost of properly removing the vinyl asbestos tile can be astronomical, sometimes costing more than your flooring job all together. Types of asbestos. Asbestos-containing products are still manufactured and sold in the US, but manufacture, distribution and installation is strongly regulated by the EPA. I used to work for a company that dealt with asbestos so a quick call to them later and my mind was put at rest. This sheet describes good practice when you need to remove floor tiles that contain asbestos. The accranims also changed once the asbestos was removed and silica was used in its place. VAT(vinyl asbestos tile) VCT(vinyl composite tile). Then Tide in powder form. We put a degreaser formula on … Sanding will release dangerous quantities of asbestos into the air. Add message | Report | See all. For what it's worth, I just removed about 250 sf of asbestos/asphalt tile from my place, and it wasn't that big a deal. In most cases, you are better off leaving the asbestos floor tiles in place and overlaying with new flooring. Even with the asbestos floor tiles removed, you are still left with a black sticky mess that still contains asbestos. These brittle attributes are associated with friable asbestos, a type of asbestos that was used in the materials of older buildings, such as insulation. Now, I'm not an expert on asbestos abatement, so maybe it was a big mistake and I'll die of lung cancer. This can occur if ACMs such as ceiling tiles, pipe lagging, or cement sheets are in bad condition and likely to be disturbed; usually during contractual works. I started to pull that up and found layer over layer of old tiles. They’re triple bagged and I’ve downloaded an asbestos pass for the local tip. And, in fact, while we were preparing the surface for the new floor, the scraps of VAT were sitting in a bucket and in my dry vac canister. and place that area under negative air pressure then after removing the tiles, environmentally clean and decontaminate the work area. It’s easy to accidentally breathe in: the action of ripping up lino releases asbestos fibres into the air. Took a day off from work to hand scrub concrete with dish washing detergent. It was used in a variety of building materials until the 1980s. There is no legislative requirement for me to do this, I just don’t like breaking up the tiles. (Here are selected photos on this topic, but full relevance is not guaranteed.) Otherwise there wouldn't be exemptions. Removed a couple carefully and before you know it, I had removed all the tiles in the 20 x 25 space. Recently acquired an older house built in 1964. So today when I pulled it up, underneath was this old dingy tile. Here's how I did mine and it went fine: I sealed off the area I was working on, opened the windows and shut off the furnace. Getting an estimate was free, and I'd suggest starting there. — Lori, Newtown, CT Next, tried blue Dawn dish washing liquid. I’m told that the old vinyl floor tiles in the basement of our 1950 house contain asbestos and that I should not try to remove the tiles but cover them with wall-to-wall carpeting. We just had asbestos tile removed. Another time period that asbestos floors were popular in was between the years of 1920 and 1960. Non-friable asbestos is slightly less dangerous, as this type is integrated into the building material and is more resistant to abrasion and damage. Remember it’s only when the material is disturbed or broken that the hazardous dust is released. Living room and master bedroom. Asbestos in lino is a particular concern for a number of reasons: It couldn’t be more highly concentrated: the lining is 100% chrysotile asbestos. As asbestos was being phased out, the change had already been made from 9x9 tiles to 12x12 tiles. This is a great question! Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used extensively in building materials prior to the 1970s. will not release asbestos fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged in some way. Decided to remove the (drop) ceiling tiles in the basement to see what was in there. I've got asbestos tiles in my bathroom and was told by my house inspector that they are supposed to be removed by sealing the room, wearing protective gear, and disposing of them properly. More worrisome is these tiny bits passed thru the filter, and got blown all over the room. Accidentally removed (possible) asbestos ceiling tiles. If you have an older home, you might have asbestos in bathroom walls, floor tiles and other areas. Asbestos is a potentially hazardous material that can cause cancer if the fibers are inhaled. The thought of having asbestos in your home is scary to most people. Groups, such as churches, can take asbestos out, as long as the members do it at no charge. Removal of floor tiles with an asbestos-paper backing will be notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW) – see sheet a0 Introduction to asbestos essentials. Some asbestos fibers are small enough to pass through the conventional paper filter, so the entire vacuum pump mechanism from the filter support to the outlet grille must be considered contaminated. If you do need to break it, or this happens accidentally, the best thing to do it is spray water on it to minimise the dust particles. These may also have asbestos-paper backing, or be fixed with asbestos-containing mastic. For what it's worth, the dark brown tile in bottom-most layer looks exactly like what we had pulled out. You need not worry that you will accidentally purchase a product containing asbestos... larger-than-life warnings must be conspicuously posted on them! 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