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How do you know if there is asbestos in your flooring?

Size, appearance and installation date of floor and ceiling tiles are all indicators that asbestos may be present. Square floor tiles installed between 1920 and 1980 are most likely to contain asbestos. Ceiling tiles with asbestos were often square or rectangular.

Where is the asbestos in floor tiles?

Where do you find these? Asbestos floor tiles were once a popular choice for flooring, and you will often find old asbestos floor tiles hidden under carpets. Textiles can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse. Old fire blankets and heat resistant gloves can also be made out of asbestos textiles.

How do you clean asbestos floor tiles?

Generally the black pads are the most abrasive, the white pad the least abrasive. Run the machine at a low rate of speed (175-300 rpm’s). Use a wet vacuum, preferably one equipped with a HEPA filtration system, to thoroughly clean the floor and remove the old wax and finish.

How do you cover asbestos tiles in a basement?

Carpeting and a suitable pad will do the trick. In a basement I’d suggest a rubber-based carpet pad rather than a fiber pad. You could also cover the tiles with new vinyl flooring, linoleum, or even ceramic tiles.

What happens if you breathe in asbestos?

If you breathe asbestos fibers, you may increase the risk of several serious diseases, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos exposure may increase your risk for cancers of the digestive system, including colon cancer.

How do you remove asbestos tiles from a basement floor?

Use a hammer and putty knife to work under the edges of the tile and pop it loose. Once the first tile is removed, work the putty knife at a 45 degree angle to gently pop the remaining tiles loose. Avoid breaking tiles during removal to keep asbestos from getting into the air.

Can you strip asbestos tile?

1. AVOID STRIPPING FLOORS. Stripping of vinyl asbestos floor coverings should be done as infrequently as possible, such as only once or twice per year, and preferably when the building is unoccupied. Excessive stripping of floors using aggressive techniques will result in increased levels of asbestos fibers in the air.

Can you concrete over asbestos tiles?

Using concrete to encapsulate asbestos tiles starts by having a clean, well-washed floor surface. The self-leveling concrete can be applied to various thicknesses and will dry as a smooth topcoat over the primed tiles. Once cured, the underlying tiles will be fully encapsulated and not at risk of crumbling with age.

Do N95 masks protect against asbestos?

Use an N95 mask even if you cannot see the particles because they may be too small to see. N95 masks do NOT protect you against chemical vapors, gases, carbon monoxide, gasoline, asbestos, lead or low oxygen environments.

Does all black mastic contain asbestos?

Generally, the black asphaltic mastic are more likely to contain asbestos than its brown counterparts. If the mastic is positive, it will contain 2% to 5% asbestos. Because of its fibrous nature, carpets are good reserviors for asbestos, and a continuing source of releasing asbestos into the air once it’s trapped in it.

Is black mastic glue harmful?

The main concern surrounding this question is that black mastic often contains asbestos. Asbestos has been proven to cause a life-threatening condition called mesothelioma . So before you do anything with black mastic in your home, it is important to identify it and deal with it appropriately.

What is black mastic?

Common in homes built in the 20th century, black mastic was used as an adhesive for ceramic tile, linoleum, and other flooring materials. When you remove that floor covering to make way for new flooring, you may encounter the mastic and wonder whether it is safe to remove.