We put a degreaser formula on … One of the main ingredients used in old asbestos tiles was asphalt, so they were primarily made in dark colors only. Back to top. Living room and master bedroom. As stated before, the old black cutback adhesive had more asbestos than the tiles. specialsubject Tue 10-Apr-18 13:15:43. 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. I am brand new at this homeowner stuff and I needed to get the carpet up in the dining room. There is no legislative requirement for me to do this, I just don’t like breaking up the tiles. The thought of having asbestos in your home is scary to most people. These may also have asbestos-paper backing, or be fixed with asbestos-containing mastic. These brittle attributes are associated with friable asbestos, a type of asbestos that was used in the materials of older buildings, such as insulation. The only downsides of that are: 1) An asbestos abatement contractor is more likely offer removal than encapsulation. 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. Accidentally removed (possible) asbestos ceiling tiles. For what it's worth, the dark brown tile in bottom-most layer looks exactly like what we had pulled out. 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. They can be laid just like ordinary slate roofs and from a distance, often look very similar. If your asbestos is in good health and unlikely to be accidentally damaged, it poses little risk. Groups, such as churches, can take asbestos out, as long as the members do it at no charge. Took a day off from work to hand scrub concrete with dish washing detergent. by Todaddit in HomeImprovement Todaddit 0 points 1 point 2 points 12 months ago . If you have an older home, you might have asbestos in bathroom walls, floor tiles and other areas. In most cases, you are better off leaving the asbestos floor tiles in place and overlaying with new flooring. 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. They’re triple bagged and I’ve downloaded an asbestos pass for the local tip. I started to pull that up and found layer over layer of old tiles. Take it to the tip yourself. More worrisome is these tiny bits passed thru the filter, and got blown all over the room. 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. Removed a couple carefully and before you know it, I had removed all the tiles in the 20 x 25 space. 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. and place that area under negative air pressure then after removing the tiles, environmentally clean and decontaminate the work area. 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. You are interested in: Asbestos ceiling tiles photos. Had asbestos floor tiles removed 2 weeks ago by abatement company. 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. It’s easy to accidentally breathe in: the action of ripping up lino releases asbestos fibres into the air. 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. It is definitely not tiles or galvanised iron, but is made from a corrugated material which he suspects may contain asbestos. But I'm willing to take my chances. Due to the severity of associated health risks, it should definitely be removed if located in more risky areas. 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. By layering over the asbestos floor tiles, the asbestos fibres remain trapped in … Due to the nature of bitumastic adhesive, the cost of removing it is often far greater than the cost of removing the floor tiles. Removal of floor tiles with an asbestos-paper backing will be notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW) – see sheet a0 Introduction to asbestos essentials. Asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, floor tiles, undamaged laboratory cabinet tops, shingles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. To remove asbestos, you need to employ a professional to carry out the work. Suspect asbestos has been spread throughout entire house. Asbestos-containing products are still manufactured and sold in the US, but manufacture, distribution and installation is strongly regulated by the EPA. If an asbestos ceiling tile is drilled or broken, for example, it may release fibers into the air. Vinyl asbestos tiles should not be sanded, and the glue that holds the tiles to the floor should not be sanded either. 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. Encapsulating asbestos is often cheaper and safer than trying to remove it. You should never remove asbestos tiles yourself. Asbestos is a potentially hazardous material that can cause cancer if the fibers are inhaled. As asbestos was being phased out, the change had already been made from 9x9 tiles to 12x12 tiles. If the “slates” appear to be faded and have noticeable white parts, they are most likely to be asbestos cement. It becomes necessary to remove asbestos when ACMs are too damaged to encapsulate, and there is a foreseeable risk of releasing fibres. Paid 5,000. Non-friable asbestos is slightly less dangerous, as this type is integrated into the building material and is more resistant to abrasion and damage. Types of asbestos. Don’t let that frighten you, though. Recently acquired an older house built in 1964. Accidentally removed (possible) asbestos ceiling tiles. will not release asbestos fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged in some way. I accidentally pulled up loads of these when doing the kitchen. 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