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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    I agree with Barry.

    While I have lifted corners of carpet (usually to check for hardwood flooring), I have many times torn some of the fibers in the process. There have been times when I was not able to lift the corner.

    When asked about lifting carpet, I usually tell my clients that they can borrow my pliers, but I'm not going to be doing the lifting.

    The age of the house alone will put one on notice that there is a potential for having asbestos containing building materials present (and lead paint). The are many types of flooring besides the 9x9's that contain asbestos, so just seeing some vinyl flooring that is NOT 9x9 does not mean it is asbestos free.
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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    Also asbestos tiles are not considered friable, meaning they do not let asbestos dust off into the air.

    Removal and disposal is an issue though.
    Covering up is the best bet.


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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    And also the mastic used for vinyl flooring may contain asbestos.

    Jack, I think you have said previously that you used to see positive test results for 9X9 tiles that were vinyl/asphalt rather as well as the vinyl/asbestos. Do you recommend further testing or just leave in place or what.
    I verbally warn clients that the flooring contractor may want to remove the older vinyl sheet flooring along WITH the underlayment due to the possibility of asbestos, which obviously raises the cost. I usually don't put that in the report, though. Any good verbiage out there for the 9X9 tile scenario?


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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    Quote Originally Posted by neal lewis View Post
    And also the mastic used for vinyl flooring may contain asbestos.

    Jack, I think you have said previously that you used to see positive test results for 9X9 tiles that were vinyl/asphalt rather as well as the vinyl/asbestos. Do you recommend further testing or just leave in place or what.
    I verbally warn clients that the flooring contractor may want to remove the older vinyl sheet flooring along WITH the underlayment due to the possibility of asbestos, which obviously raises the cost. I usually don't put that in the report, though. Any good verbiage out there for the 9X9 tile scenario?
    This is what I say "I found 9x9 inch flooring tiles ___Fill in the location___. This size and type tile most likely contain asbestos(ACM). The only way to be 100% sure that it does or does not contain asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified EPA and State certified testing company. As the new owner you need to be aware that removal of this tile needs to be done by a professional abatement contractor."

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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    In all of the testing I did in the 80's, I NEVER found a 9x9 that did not contain asbestos. The adhesive also contained asbestos at times.

    Of course, I also found it in sheet goods flooring, wall material, ceiling material, etc.
    JF


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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Feldmann View Post
    many types of flooring besides the 9x9's that contain asbestos, so just seeing some vinyl flooring that is NOT 9x9 does not mean it is asbestos free.
    JF
    Thanks for stating that. Old vinyl floor tile in any size might contain asbestos. Specifically, there are many 12" x 12" tiles which contain asbestos, contrary to what some may think.


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    I've got 9X9 tiles in my basement. They look like what is called "Commercial floor tile". Some (maybe a dozen) have come up. I'd like to repair the current floor but it seems 9X9 tiles can't be bought.

    The high possibility there is asbestos in the tiles should'nt be a problem if the floor is in good condition, I understand.

    Where can you get 9X9 tiles?


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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    They don't make 9x9 tiles any longer. The industry standard changed to 12x12 a few decades ago. You can use an old paper cutter and slice down 12x12 tiles to 9x9 if you want. You will have to match the thickness though.


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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    Be careful scraping or sanding the black adhesive that they used. That stuff almost certainly contains asbestos.

    I recommend filling the low spots with leveling compound where tiles are damaged and then laying sheet vinyl over the whole works.

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    Default Re: Checking for asbestos floor tiles not easy - Mortage 101

    The last time I checked, a licensed asbestos abatement company around here was charging $2.50 a square foot for removal.

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