Discussion Starter • #1 • Jan 12, 2011. It was also resistant to moisture, oil grease heat alkalis and acids. still on the floor. To request an asbestos inspection or asbestos abatement, contact Facilities Work Order Control at 6-3113, or complete an online request on the Facilities website. Asbestos Tile Under Carpet I'm currently removing old carpet in my dinning room and kitchen and found that I have asbestos tile underneath. Any asbestos that become airborne during the adhesive removal can get into your lungs and get trapped  there permanently. Have the same Maryland asbestos encapsulation company who sealed your asbestos tile also install carpet or a floating floor over your new epoxy floor. Asbestos floor tiles were manufactured in three sizes: 9”x9”, 12”x12” and 18”x18”. Common in homes built in the 20th century, black mastic was used as an adhesive for ceramic tile, linoleum, and other flooring materials. Asbestos Procedures For Carpet Removal and Installation. Some forums can only be seen by registered members. The house in question, was built in 1961. Working with asbestos flooring can release toxic dust. For help with asbestos encapsulation, get in touch with a local Maryland asbestos encapsulation company. The people most at risk from the asbestos fibres in hessian bags are those who worked in the recycling environment. I recently bought a house in April. Asbestos was used in various types of floor covering, especially from the 1960s to the 1980s. I took a sample to a local lab just to be sure and they confirmed. In some cases, these glues were used to seal the edges of carpets and other flooring such as laminates or tiles. New vinyl, laminate flooring, hardwood, engineered floating flooring, and carpeting can all be successfully installed over asbestos tiles. If you do decide to remove this yourself, be EXTREMELY careful during the removal process so as not to risk you or your family's health. c. Adhesives and mastics – Asbestos was mixed into the adhesives to make them flow better. In addition to the tiles themselves, a layer of mastic (a type of adhesive) below the tiles is also likely to contain asbestos. Encapsulating asbestos is often cheaper and safer than trying to remove it. When an owner brings asbestos home on their clothes or skin, pets can breathe in the microscopic fibers or ingest them by licking. 2. Should asbestos materials be found under the carpet, there are several options: If the ‘test pull’ looks good, that is, no floor tile is pulling up with the carpet, floor tile appears to be in good condition, solidly attached to the floor under the carpet (no bubbling or crunching is noted under the carpet), carpet removal may proceed, but should be carried out slowly and in small sections at a time. Recently I pulled back a section of it to reveal some 9x9 tile. Yes, floor tiles, mastics and adhesives are included in the list of building materials that may contain asbestos. For more information, please see our University Websites Privacy Notice. The removal of carpet to provide access to asbestos floor tile can be done with no restrictions as long as it can be removed without pulling up or breaking floor tile. Until the early 1970s, significant quantities of hessian bags were recycled. Removal of asbestos-containing materials may only be conducted by licensed asbestos abatement personnel. I got the carpet and padding out my only concern was the tack strip and hundreds of staples I pulled out. The mere presence of asbestos-containing materials in a building does not in itself pose a threat to health. The most common use of asbestos was in the lining for vinyl sheets and floor tiles (also known as “lino” or “linoleum”). March 1, 2018 Most homeowners know the common places to look out for asbestos, from the insulation to textured ceilings, but what many people don’t realise is that the danger could be right under their feet. Once covered with carpet you will no longer risk the tile chipping, coming up, or becoming airborne. I'm going over it with laminate flooring. You'll feel happier knowing there's no longer asbestos under your feet. You are exposed to more asbestos particulates walking down a city street simply from bus brake pads.Carpet padding never had asbestos. All removal of asbestos must be done by a professional. Asbestos is safe and legal to remain in homes or public buildings as long as the asbestos materials are in good condition and not tampered with. Ok, I am just going to ask, even though I think the answer will be what I don't want to do, which is to remove it all. In fact, it can still be found in many building materials used today. My old and stained carpet in living room and dining room has to go. I'd personally remove the entire asbestos tile layer too. In my basement, I have Asbestos tiles and carpet squares glued down on top of them. I have purchased a home built in the south from the early 70's. We had pulled out the carpet in the main living room due to moisture. The flooring dominant colors and pattern can often can confirm a floor tile age, style, and manufacturer. By continuing without changing your cookie settings, you agree to this collection. Pulled up carpet that maybe had asbestos under it -- now what?!! Any further removal activities must be completed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. I was very careful when removing the padding and adhesive by keeping it damp. We also seen very small asphalt asbestos floor tiles in a 1 1/2" size bonded to a jute backer fabric. It’s important to note that these requirements are not specific to the University, but are state and federal requirements. Old vinyl products that contain asbestos remain in many buildings across the U.S., creating a hazard for contractors and do-it-yourself renovators. If the ‘test pull’ is not good and floor tile starts to pull up with the carpet, your department can either: If floor tile starts to pull up during the project, activity must cease immediately and EH&S must be contacted. As with underlay, it doesn’t pose an immediate danger, as it’s difficult for the fibres to escape. He then told us about how it could be asbestos. If you have a room with asbestos tile you may be tempted to remove the tile prior to carpeting. Building and Emergency Contact List (BECList), Equipment/Materials Purchases and Acquisitions, Policies, Procedures, and Forms: Occ Safety. It was also resistant to moisture, oil grease heat alkalis and acids. Now when we started pulling up her carpet, surprise, old vinyl tile. Asbestos Tile Under Loose Carpet. Most asbestos felt in homes and businesses today is encapsulated under floor tiles and roof shingles. Environmental Health & Safety Safety In The Workplace. But then asbestos was found to be a health hazard. Typically, this type of removal is something done by an abatement company. Since you practically asked this question already on another post, I'll give you the link to it here. Should I be concerned about removing the padding and adhesive that is on top of the tile? Recently I pulled back a section of it to reveal some 9x9 tile. But if you have a home built before the mid-20th century, there is a good chance that the floor tiles contain asbestos. Grinding or sanding of asbestos tile will make it airborne and is hazardous. But if you have a home built before the mid-20th century, there is a good chance that the floor tiles contain asbestos. Asbestos adhesive was used for asphalt flooring tiles and vinyl or linoleum sheet tile because it strengthened the flooring and made it more durable. Our websites may use cookies to personalize and enhance your experience. :). Asbestos Procedures For Carpet Removal and Installation Prior to 1980, asbestos was commonly used in the manufacturing of a variety of building materials, including floor tile and floor adhesives. When these old materials are disturbed, they release dust that can make people sick later in life. That can leave the tiles looking oily, discolored or grimy, usually in patchy areas. However if your tiles are cracked and you are kicking them around, etc, then you can spread some of the asbestos into the air. But you might not realise there’s another place in the home where asbestos is commonly found: right under your feet. That's because the asphalt in the tiles breaks down over time, and oil from the asphalt comes out of the tiles. Clean-up actions will be required by an asbestos abatement contractor, the scope of which will be determined by the size of the disturbance, and may require containments and air monitoring. It is a bit challenging since it is the kitchen so I'm doing it in stages in order to have access to my fridge. Asbestos Carpet Underlay – Is the Danger Under Your Feet? The carpet is not attached to the floor in any way. Answer + 5. If the tiles are older than 1980 and there is a dark discoloration in your floor, it’s a sign that you may have asbestos underneath. It also looks like some of them had been removed with that black glue (mastic?) I'm worried that when i start to rip up the squares i'm going to cause a bigger problem because i'll start to rip up the tiles underneath. Asbestos adhesive was used for asphalt flooring tiles and vinyl or linoleum sheet tile because it strengthened the flooring and made it more durable. This becomes an issue when the carpet fitter needs to install new gripper rods to the perimeter of the rooms. The floor under the carpet is the 9x9 vinyl tile that probably contains asbestos. It is up to the requesting department to notify outside contractors of the presence of asbestos. My cats don't like being isolated away from this side of the house so I've been doing it in the eveing so it has time to dry while sleep. Thanks for your question and welcome to the community! Color photo guide to asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles, 1900 -1986 using dominant floor tile color to identify the probable asbestos-containing floor tile brand, pattern, and age. Backing on sheet flooring (linoleum or roll vinyl) – Asbestos is in the felt backing. A couple of tiles coming up is typical and is acceptable but if large sections of tile come up, work must stop and the area must be placed under a negative pressure containment before removal can continue. Vinyl Tiles with Asbestos 8 Posts . Grinding or sanding of asbestos tile will make it airborne and is hazardous. Yes, I wore a mask and kept the floor wet while working on it. There is a very large back room (man cave) that is at ground level that currently has carpet in it. I f the floor tiles are degraded and crumbling, the risk of fiber release rises. http://www.VideoJoeKnows.com Do you have vinyl asbestos floor tiles? If your … If you have a newer home, you likely don't have any asbestos inside. Can I Put A New Floor On Top Of Asbestos Tiles? posted by ArkhanJG at 12:45 AM on September 2, 2008 I recently bought a house built in the late 1950's. The only downsides of that are: 1) An asbestos abatement contractor is more likely offer removal than encapsulation. Asbestos floor tiles were manufactured in three sizes: 9”x9”, 12”x12” and 18”x18”. I'm using 6 mil vapor barrier and also sound deadening matting which also appears to have a vapor barrier attached. Removal of asbestos-containing materials must be done following strict regulations by licensed asbestos abatement personnel. For help with asbestos encapsulation, get in touch with a local Maryland asbestos encapsulation company. If your home is older, there's an increased chance of the material being in the flooring or in other building materials. The immediate concern is to prevent exposure of building occupants to asbestos fibers from damaged floor tile or glues. EHS Launches HuskySMS, Powered by BioRAFT – EHS safety training reminders are back! Very curious as we are supposed to have carpet and padding put over our asbestos tile in two weeks. a. Vinyl asbestos tiles (VAT) – Asbestos was mixed into the tile material to add tensile strength. Let us know if you have any addtional questions regarding your floor. a. Vinyl asbestos tiles (VAT) – Asbestos was mixed into the tile material to add tensile strength. 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.The main concern surrounding this question is that black mastic often contains asbestos. Were started to pull the carpet from my daughters room for the same reason. Following EPA and CT Department of Public Health regulations, prior to any renovation or demolition of building materials, including removal of carpets, an inspection for asbestos-containing materials must be conducted by a licensed asbestos inspector. It was used to increase resiliency of the building materials and help them to last longer. It is unlikely for asbestos fibres to be found in carpet underlay. Click to search for resources in our A-Z Index. It is up to the outside contractors to be familiar with and abide by state and federal regulations. Which we kept until we finally called a flooring company. Precautions should always be taken when disturbing or removing old carpet and underlay. Common in homes built in the 20th century, black mastic was used as an adhesive for ceramic tile, linoleum, and other flooring materials. The safest thing to do in many cases is to leave it that way so asbestos fibers remain trapped. In our experience, many carpet fitters either don’t know about the potential for asbestos in the floor tiles or choose to ignore it. Backing on sheet flooring (linoleum or roll vinyl) – Asbestos is in the felt backing. With the carpet over them, there is little liklyhood that they can be turned into dust producing asbestos factories. Keep in mind, unless your tiles are cracked and the adhesive is exposed, any asbestos in your flooring is not actively dangerous. Tore the basement carpet off (it was taped down) and had new carpet installed (with tack strips etc.). Exposure to asbestos can occur, however, when the material is disturbed or damaged by activities that cause asbestos fibers to become airborne. Here is an asbestos floor tile identification key sorted by primary flooring color: beige, black, blue, brown, tan, wood tone, gray, green, red, white, yellow, etc. Wet tile is not leaching any asbestos into your carpet. You can do it yourself (depending upon state) or get an asbestos rated contractor. Carpet glue Up until the 1980s, asbestos was occasionally used in adhesives. Asbestos tile under carpet. Several adverse health effects, primarily respiratory, have been found to be associated with exposure to asbestos. Discussion Starter • #1 • Jan 23, 2011. An inspection for asbestos materials must be done prior to the carpet removal. In our experience, many carpet fitters either don’t know about the potential for asbestos in the floor tiles or choose to ignore it. I haven't decided if i'm going to carpet or do some sort of laminate floor yet. The tiles are brown and off white and, look like a jig saw puzzle design the way the where put in and, they are throughout the entire house under the carpet. Measure the tiles. Asbestos tile was especially popular from the 1920s to the 1960s, but production continued into the 1980s. We have many posts/threads here on the community dealing with interactions with asbestos tiles. From what I can tell, there are asbestos tiles around the perimeter of the rooms and hardwood in the middle. Asbestos tiles are considered to be non-friable acm, meaning that it does not easily crumble and dislodge into the air. I do not know what condition the wood and tiles are. You could also cover the tiles with new vinyl flooring, linoleum, or even ceramic tiles. Vinyl is a type of plastic that has long been a popular material for floor tiles and sheets. Tilux was a wet-area fibrous asbestos cement sheet, a moulded product used in place of ceramic tiles in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Look at your property deed, title, or tax appraisal to find the year your house was built. c. Adhesives and mastics – Asbestos was mixed into the adhesives to make them flow better. b. 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. 1 Posts . Asbestos mastic is made with asphalt, which can degrade the tiles over time as it grinds against the backs of the tiles. So basically I removed the carpet in my bathroom and discovered without removing the underlay that there were black tiles underneath that I’m now worried they might contain asbestos. Asbestos – carpet underlay. All removal of asbestos must be done by a professional. For health and safety related inquiries, contact Valerie Brangan. I'm currently removing old carpet in my dinning room and kitchen and found that I have asbestos tile underneath. Yes, I would most definitely be concerned regarding removal of padding/adhesive or any material stuck to asbestos tiles. With that said, if you are carefully remove the adhesive and padding without damaging the tiles, it is possible...........but without risking your health if you are unsure, you can contact an abatement company who can safely and effectively remove all layers of your old floor off. How hazardous is it to pull up a carpet glued to those old asbestos tiles? However, you can do what is called encapsulation, or covering up the floor with floor leveling compound. Workers must take many precautions to remove asbestos floor tiles safely, and it is always safest to leave asbestos removal to qualified professionals. Decided to rip up old carpet in my family room and voila 60 year old asbestos tile. University and contractor employees involved in the maintenance of asbestos-containing flooring material are required to receive asbestos-awareness training annually. However, you're not completely in the clear because asbestos was a common ingredient in the mastic used to hold these flooring … Here is one that is very useful, a must read for your situation. Often asbestos floor tiles only come to light when a carpet or flooring is being changed. It’s usually found covered up underneath an existing floor, most often being carpet or even under a layer of plywood. While the old tiles can be removed and replaced with tile — and even safely removed by the homeowner with proper precautions and equipment — it’s usually not worth the risk, especially if you plan on installing carpet anyway. Examine the condition of the tiles: Intact asbestos tiles are not a major risk and can, in fact, be left in place and covered with other materials such as carpet, vinyl, linoleum or concrete. Just bought a house and discovered asbestos tiles under carpet - can I sue? I eventually picked up a can of Adhesive Remover for the toufg sopts, it worked great. I'm now in the proces of painting it with Behr 1-part Epoxy floor paint and it seems to be working just fine. Facebook; Twitter; Youtube; Employees; Students-Volunteers; Visitors At the University of Connecticut new or recently installed floor tiles should not contain asbestos but our older 12″ x 12″ floor tile, 9″ x 9″ floor tile, floor tile mastics, carpet glues, cove bases and adhesives will likely contain asbestos. I was watching 'the great interior design challenge' last night and in one of the rooms they discovered Marley tiles under carpet and had to seal off the room and get a man from the council in with special breathing equipment/protective gear to test for asbestos in them as apparently they can have asbestos. One tile in the kitchen cracked, the rest of the tile looks good, as far as we can see but, I haven't seen all the tiles under the carpet. Carpet Underlay and Wall Tiles . 2. How hazardous is it to pull up a carpet glued to those old asbestos tiles? 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