Asbestos tile on basement concrete - remove?


Old 11-20-02, 11:12 AM
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Question Asbestos tile on basement concrete - remove?

Moved in to a 40-year-old house with a HUGE basement. The basement has original asbestos tiles still covering it. Unfortunately, a lot of the tiles are falling apart. One area of the basement is 50% tile/50% raw concrete. Vacuuming the tiles or stepping on them causes them to crumble.

I suspect the basement had been wet at one time and this is the cause of the tile failure (water marks on paneling in area of greatest tile failure, efflorescence on concrete beneath tiles).

When the tiles break, they appear to take the adhesive with them. Most of the bare floor is raw, without any glue.

Is there an easy and safe way to remove the remaining tiles? I don't want to be blowing asbestos around the house and would like to get them up with their glue if possible.

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Old 11-25-02, 07:54 PM
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Considering the frenzy over asbestos, you have a problem. You could scrape them up, but where to dispose of them? You could keep them in a sealed container until later when all this blows over, or it becomes someone else's problem. If the tiles are loose, then you won't be able to simply cover over them with something else. Decisions, decisions.
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