My floor is a little over 100 sq feet so don’t think removal will be that expensive. I’m actually not too concerned about the tiles (although I’d like to know if I need to dispose of them in a special way). It’s the adhesive that I’m concerned about. If you live in a home that was built prior to 1980, there is a good chance that you will find asbestos in your home. Many of the materials that were used in building homes before 1980 contained asbestos because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties.
You need to “Encapsulate” (spelling?) them… DO NOT take them up. Place concrete board down and tile over top of it… worked for us. You might consider having the ceiling tiles tested as well if you plan to remove those in the future. It might be best to have that tested before sanding.
Asbestos Mastic Adhesive Removal
The more times that you inhale asbestos fibres the greater is your risk of contracting an asbestos related disease . The first three of these diseases are terminal. The reason for the higher risk is the human body is not able to remove the asbestos fibres from the body once they have penetrated the lungs and become lodges there. The problem is, is that you cannot see with your eyes the asbestos fibres that are going to hurt you as they are microscopic . You cannot smell asbestos fibres as you inhale them, they don’t make you cough or sneeze and they have no taste. Hence the Silent Killer name given to asbestos.
- In most cases, there is no danger from the asbestos in your home.
- I definitely would not want any of it to get airborne during a renovation project.
- We have a couple of little dogs who were not in the basement when we were doing this, but came down after the tiles were removed and walked on the old black mastic.
When the sheet vinyl is taken up, the paper backing is disturbed and it separates away from the vinyl. There are small pieces of it left stuck to the glue, and in pulling up the vinyl asbestos fibres are released into the air. This work must only be done by a professional asbestos remediator who holds an Unrestricted asbestos licence. If containment of the area is not in place and there is not a negative air pressure environment established, asbestos fibres can be released to migrate through the rest of the house. Christine, if they’ve only broken a few tiles, I really don’t think you have anything to worry about. But if you’re concerned about it, you can always have an air quality test done after the renovations are done.
Black Cutback Adhesive Remover
The backing paper can contain up to 60% asbestos fibre and this can either be Chrysotile asbestos or Amosite asbestos. Being bound into a vinyl matrix the asbestos fibres can only be released to the air if the tile matrix is disturbed. That is, broken, cut, sanded, drilled, scuffed, ground etc. If tiles are removed whole without breakage there how to encapsulate black mastic is little risk that the asbestos fibres will be released to the air. If you break the vinyl tiles up into tiny pieces when removing them (e.g. use a tile chipper) then it stands to reason that the risk of asbestos fibre release is somewhat greater. There is no legislative requirement for me to do this, I just don’t like breaking up the tiles.
If it’s some sort of acrylic filler, please yourself. Paint won’t stick to it for very long.
Carefully Removing Mastic Adhesive In Bloomfield
We also had our heater and gas stove with blower running. We have a couple of little dogs who were not in the basement when we were doing this, but came down after the tiles were removed and walked on the old black mastic. The fear got the best of me when I found an old box of unused tiles under the stairs and it said right on the box that they were Vinyl Asbestos Tiles.
However, apparently they didn’t bother with the ancient building that held our old shop equipment. We were storing a multi-ton pneumatic drill and were just told how to encapsulate black mastic to NOT BREAK THE TILES…. Yep, these are 12 x 12, so they could go either way. If they had been the 9 x 9 ones, I could have saved my money on the testing!
There are ways to remove tiles whole using heat pads for example. My boyfriend and I foolishly took up tile in our 1959 house. Afterwards we can to realize that it was original tile and probably contained asbestos. I was wearing a bandana mask and he was wearing nothing on his face. The tile came up easy, some just broke easily.we just swept and shoveled it up.
I am sorry to hear about your lung cancer diagnosis. Two months ago, my husband started popping up the tiles in our basement. Most of them came up in one piece but many of them broke in half.
It is best to have an expert evaluate and then hire professionals to perform a safe removal. Sadly, asbestos is still legal in the US and Canada, but most other countries banned this material years ago. I hope one day we will ban it as well. Now I’m not really worried about health issues or anything at this point. After doing my research, I’m well aware that it’s prolonged exposure to airborne asbestos that causes major health problems. And by “prolonged,” we’re generally talking about years, like people who have worked in a job that required them to be around asbestos.
In the training I’ve had in my secretary position, I know that asbestos only is an issue if it becomes friable. Typically if you are popping up tiles without breaking, grinding or sawing them; there would be no friable material. However, disposal wise may be an issue with your local EPA or state department. If they are asbestos tiles, there’s not really anything I can do about the tiles at this point.
If difficult, try a heat gun to soften it, and then pull it off. The remaining glue can be scraped with a floor scraper or soaked overnight with water and dish soap, which helps soften the glue. Again, use a paint scraper to remove the linoleum glue. Scrape the softened mastic off of the tiles with the utility knife. Do not attempt to remove asbestos spray coatings, insulation or insulation board by yourself.
Safety regulations often require mastic removal while performing overall asbestos abatement. If mastic needs to be removed, our technicians at Clean Cut Abatement can remove asbestos mastic adhesive with a 800-pound mastic grinder. When we complete a mastic removal job, there is no glue left to hold the asbestos fibers in place, and therefore, the fibers may remain. I know that fear that you are experiencing as I am experiencing it too. I commented above about how my husband and I removed 600 square feet of tile, and many of them broke in half.
This can happen if you disturb asbestos containing materials during renovations or repairs, or if a material containing asbestos becomes damaged. Please be very careful with sheet asbestos vinyl. This product is considered to be Bonded when it is stuck to the floor but is then considered to be Friable when it is removed.
However if you “wet sand” it, there would be no dust. 😉 Just keep it damp so nothing becomes airborne. Wipe stuff down with a damp cloth and use a mask. If you vacuum up anything make sure you use a HEPA filter to avoid recirculating it back into the air. In my line of work we have to have asbestos abatements done on our facilities if they come back positive.
I definitely would not want any of it to get airborne during a renovation project. I’ll have to make sure that I get everything properly inspected so that I can keep my home safe. I have been told okay to clean as long as they tiles are not damaged. This means Pine Sol (or other such cleaner and a stiff brush and GENTLY scrub to get the dirt off…Wear a mask as even just the dirt from 35 years will be nasty.