Evangelina Horn Flooring November 28th, 2018 - 07:54:51
I wanted to talk a little bit about asbestos tiles. You know: we've gotten a lot of rainwater in the area with the flooding that we had a couple weeks ago and as people are doing, some of the remediation taking carpets and flooring up they're finding these floor tiles underneath that are 9 by 9 inches and they Suspect that there is best the likelihood that it's just best, if it's 9 by 9, is pretty high. I want to talk a little bit about how to handle it. If you do have them, what's the safest way to remedy them, what the danger is and just kind of how to address the issue specifically with floor tiles that are suspected to have asbestos, so we're talking about asbestos well in tiles.
This is a very typical tile that you're gonna see that has asbestos content, usually about 9 by 9-inch tiles. Sometimes they came in 11 by 11, but it's about this thick, usually about an eighth of an inch thick, a little bit less they're glued down to your tiles and you're gonna find these underneath your floors and the fibers in between is where the asbestos. So these are compressed tiles and this is kind of before the linoleum and and those the problem with the asbestos is when it becomes airborne and asbestos is a pretty amazing material. Actually, it's a heat resistant. It's fire resistant.
They used them for brake pads. It's good for bonding material, it's good for insulation. It was good for a lot of different things, but unfortunately, the asbestos when it becomes airborne and inhaled it causes mesothelioma, which is cancer that develops in your lungs. And basically, what happens is the fibers get into your lungs? You can't expel them a cancerous growth. Goes around it, I'm kind of simplifying that, but in general, that's what's going on so when this was found out, the EPA decided that no more you're going to find this a lot in houses that were built before the mid-70s. You know they put it everywhere. So you can get it in the walls. You can get it on insulation again the popcorn ceilings.
You can get it in tiles. So let's talk specifically about these tiles. You know if you have tiles that are on the floor and they're glued down and they're not moving. You really don't have much of an issue what the EPA actually recommends before removing is encapsulated. So if you can go over it with another linoleum tile, you can put a carpet over it. You can put any material, that's gonna keep it down and keep it from getting airborne, you're good, no issues. Unfortunately, sometimes you get situations like this, where the material is cracking up and coming loose, and in that situation, you got to kind of deal with it because you can't put tile over top of this.