specialsubject Tue 10-Apr-18 13:15:43. Asbestos wasn't as bad as made out to be. 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. As asbestos was being phased out, the change had already been made from 9x9 tiles to 12x12 tiles. Fill in the form below and we’ll arrange for you to receive three quotes from local and qualified asbestos removal companies. We put a degreaser formula on … Accidentally removed (possible) asbestos ceiling tiles. But I'm willing to take my chances. Domestic asbestos cement roof sheets can be removed by anybody, ... Asbestos roof tiles are usually found on domestic dwellings. 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. One of the main ingredients used in old asbestos tiles was asphalt, so they were primarily made in dark colors only. Is this the best approach, and if so, should the flooring be sealed somehow before the carpet is installed? 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. Non-friable asbestos is slightly less dangerous, as this type is integrated into the building material and is more resistant to abrasion and damage. If you have an older home, you might have asbestos in bathroom walls, floor tiles and other areas. In some places, I went all the way down to very black sticky tiles. Sanding will release dangerous quantities of asbestos into the air. 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. The only downsides of that are: 1) An asbestos abatement contractor is more likely offer removal than encapsulation. Paid 5,000. Then Tide in powder form. It’s easy to accidentally breathe in: the action of ripping up lino releases asbestos fibres into the air. 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. This sheet describes good practice when you need to remove floor tiles that contain asbestos. More worrisome is these tiny bits passed thru the filter, and got blown all over the room. So today when I pulled it up, underneath was this old dingy tile. Hence, the same precautions need to be taken with the glue as with the tile. Now, I'm not an expert on asbestos abatement, so maybe it was a big mistake and I'll die of lung cancer. Asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, floor tiles, undamaged laboratory cabinet tops, shingles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. Don’t let that frighten you, though. 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)? Even with the asbestos floor tiles removed, you are still left with a black sticky mess that still contains asbestos. After asbestos was banned, the tile companies were allowed to sell their remaining stock. — Lori, Newtown, CT More importantly, it’s scary because of the health hazards that asbestos tile flooring is associated with. It is definitely not tiles or galvanised iron, but is made from a corrugated material which he suspects may contain asbestos. Accidentally removed (possible) asbestos ceiling tiles. 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). 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. 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. One notable instance is if you plan to restore the wood flooring underneath the asbestos vinyl tile. Some floor adhesives contain asbestos. If asbestos floor tiles are in a relatively good condition, sometimes the best course of action is to avoid having them removed by either laying a new flooring on top or painting over the tiles. Next, tried blue Dawn dish washing liquid. By layering over the asbestos floor tiles, the asbestos fibres remain trapped in … I now have been reading that at least some or all are asbestos tiles. VAT(vinyl asbestos tile) VCT(vinyl composite tile). They can be laid just like ordinary slate roofs and from a distance, often look very similar. He has noticed that a number of his neighbours in the street have recently had their roofs renovated. Encapsulating asbestos is often cheaper and safer than trying to remove it. I started to pull that up and found layer over layer of old tiles. The thought of having asbestos in your home is scary to most people. If your asbestos is in good health and unlikely to be accidentally damaged, it poses little risk. 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. Suspect asbestos has been spread throughout entire house. Take it to the tip yourself. As stated before, the old black cutback adhesive had more asbestos than the tiles. To remove asbestos, you need to employ a professional to carry out the work. Removed a couple carefully and before you know it, I had removed all the tiles in the 20 x 25 space. Back to top. Due to the severity of associated health risks, it should definitely be removed if located in more risky areas. Recently acquired an older house built in 1964. We just had asbestos tile removed. It becomes necessary to remove asbestos when ACMs are too damaged to encapsulate, and there is a foreseeable risk of releasing fibres. Living room and master bedroom. There is no legislative requirement for me to do this, I just don’t like breaking up the tiles. will not release asbestos fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged in some way. and place that area under negative air pressure then after removing the tiles, environmentally clean and decontaminate the work area. 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. Non-friable asbestos was incorporated into materials such as cement sheets and vinyl floor tiles. by Todaddit in HomeImprovement Todaddit 0 points 1 point 2 points 12 months ago . Roeder insists that there has been no other incident of asbestos exposure or improper removal at any other time during the renovations. These brittle attributes are associated with friable asbestos, a type of asbestos that was used in the materials of older buildings, such as insulation. In some instances, you may want to remove your asbestos tiles before installing another type of flooring. If it is left alone and not disturbed, it will not. 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. I am brand new at this homeowner stuff and I needed to get the carpet up in the dining room. This is a highly invasive project that will break up and scatter asbestos fibers, so you need to take the highest level of caution. Next day tide laundry detergent liquid as suggested by abatement company. Removal of floor tiles with an asbestos-paper backing will be notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW) – see sheet a0 Introduction to asbestos essentials. Decided to remove the (drop) ceiling tiles in the basement to see what was in there. The accranims also changed once the asbestos was removed and silica was used in its place. NO mask. Remember it’s only when the material is disturbed or broken that the hazardous dust is released. Groups, such as churches, can take asbestos out, as long as the members do it at no charge. Suspect asbestos has been spread throughout entire house. (Here are selected photos on this topic, but full relevance is not guaranteed.) Another time period that asbestos floors were popular in was between the years of 1920 and 1960. Add message | Report | See all. Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used extensively in building materials prior to the 1970s. Had asbestos floor tiles removed 2 weeks ago by abatement company. This is a great question! In most cases, you are better off leaving the asbestos floor tiles in place and overlaying with new flooring. 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. In the UK, there are three commonly used types of asbestos that can be found in buildings and materials all over the country. Vinyl asbestos tiles should not be sanded, and the glue that holds the tiles to the floor should not be sanded either. Abatement is a petty extensive process! 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. Asbestos is a potentially hazardous material that can cause cancer if the fibers are inhaled. 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. 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. If an asbestos ceiling tile is drilled or broken, for example, it may release fibers into the air. They’re triple bagged and I’ve downloaded an asbestos pass for the local tip. You are interested in: Asbestos ceiling tiles photos. These may also have asbestos-paper backing, or be fixed with asbestos-containing mastic. I think I may have seriously screwed up. You should never remove asbestos tiles yourself. Step 3 – Date the Tiles. It was used in a variety of building materials until the 1980s. If the “slates” appear to be faded and have noticeable white parts, they are most likely to be asbestos cement. Truth is, it’s a little complicated. I used a little bit of adhesive remover and a heat gun and scraped them up. Asbestos-containing products are still manufactured and sold in the US, but manufacture, distribution and installation is strongly regulated by the EPA. Due to the nature of bitumastic adhesive, the cost of removing it is often far greater than the cost of removing the floor tiles. Getting an estimate was free, and I'd suggest starting there. 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. You need not worry that you will accidentally purchase a product containing asbestos... larger-than-life warnings must be conspicuously posted on them! The smell was unbearable. For what it's worth, the dark brown tile in bottom-most layer looks exactly like what we had pulled out. Types of asbestos. Took a day off from work to hand scrub concrete with dish washing detergent. Not sure how that gets cleaned. I accidentally pulled up loads of these when doing the kitchen. Otherwise there wouldn't be exemptions. So for a short time, the 12x12 tiles did contain asbestos, the non friable type, which has been noted above. I’m going to assume you’re using an abatement company. 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. 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. In our case, the mastic did not contain asbestos, so we had them leave it in place and just floored over what was left of the black gunk. 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