Asked by: Alan Fernekes
asked in category: General Last Updated: 28th March, 2020

What do you do with asbestos tiles in a basement?

In many cases, the best thing to do about vinyl asbestos flooring is put a new layer of flooring on top of it. You could also seal it with a coat of epoxy floor paint. Both these options will keep the asbestos trapped in the floor.

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Similarly, is it safe to cover asbestos tile?

Cover old asbestos tile with new tile or a floating floor. Old asbestos tiles can make a home appear dated. If removing the tile is not an option, it should be sealed in with another material that can prevent dust from the old adhesive from making its way into the air.

Secondly, how do I know if my basement tiles have asbestos? Asbestos flooring often has black mastic, which is a type of adhesive, on the back. You can't see it if the floor is intact, but you can spot the black adhesive if some of the tiles have already popped off the floor. The mastic itself usually has asbestos in it. The tiles may have asbestos, too.

Likewise, people ask, what can you do with asbestos tiles?

Dispose of asbestos floor tiles in approved asbestos disposal bags and seal each one as directed. Clean up any remaining bits of adhesive by scraping them off the subfloor while keeping the floor wet, and then scooping them up and putting them in a disposal bag.

How do you remove asbestos tiles in a basement?

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.

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