Asbestos Floor Tiles

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Old 09-08-20, 06:19 AM
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Asbestos Floor Tiles

I have tile flooring in my basement, that I believe to contain asbestos. I was able to match the tile pattern with Armstrong flooring from the 1950s that is known to contain asbestos.

The flooring is cracked in a few areas.

Any suggestions on how to handle this?

Would I work with a flooring company to see what my options are? Or need to have it removed professionally first?

I am attaching a couple of pictures of the tile.

Thanks for your advice!

I'm not sure where to being although I want it safely taken care of. Eventually I would like carpet or some other type of flooring in the basement.

Crack and piece missing

 
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Old 09-08-20, 06:43 AM
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Maybe start by reading the EPA brochure, then decide for yourself what you want to do. In most cases tile can be left in place and can simply be covered over. It's not for us to tell a homeowner what to or what not to do when it comes to asbestos. You can certainly seek professional removal if that's the course you want to take.

Tile is one of the least friable (airborne) asbestos containing building materials there is, as long as it is not turned to powder by sanding, grinding or crushing it.
 
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Old 09-08-20, 06:53 AM
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My vote goes for just going right over it with the new flooring.
It's been there all this time and has not been an issue, going over it will make it harmless.
 
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Old 09-09-20, 07:10 PM
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I have covered asbestos tile many times with carpet. That is what was recommended for years. You could also put a floating floor over it. Getting a pro to remove it is expensive.
 
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