Asbestos Floor Tiles
One of the main areas asbestos can be located, especially in older homes, is floor tiles. Vinyl, asphalt and rubber are the most common types of floor tiles in which asbestos is located. It can usually be found in the actual floor tile along with the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
Because of the fire-proofing capabilities of asbestos, flooring around wood burning stoves in older homes is highly likely to be protected with some type of asbestos paper, millboard or cement sheets.
Do Your Floor Tiles Contain Asbestos?
How can you tell if you have asbestos floor tiles? Here’s a few things to keep in mind when examining your flooring:
How to Deal with Asbestos Floor Tiles
If you suspect your floor tiles contain asbestos and especially if they’re damaged, worn or broken, don’t touch or handle them yourself. Do not sand or scrape the tiles for any reason, as this may release asbestos fibers into the air. Your safest option is to contact a certified asbestos professional who can not only verify whether the flooring actually contains asbestos, but also properly dispose of the tiles.
Asbestos is most dangerous when it’s airborne. Moving, touching or disturbing asbestos-contaminated materials can stir up the particles and make them easy to inhale. Covering the tiles and not disturbing them is the safest way to temporarily manage asbestos floor tiles before a professional arrives.
Unfortunately, asbestos in the home can be found in other areas as well, like insulation, wall or ceiling plaster or even in light bulbs. Be aware of any asbestos in your home and avoid suffering detrimental consequences, like mesothelioma, down the road.