If you watch the news, you may have heard talk about asbestos toxins and how asbestos is linked to various forms of cancer. Many people have filed lawsuits over their exposure to asbestos toxins. If they are suffering ill health due to exposure, however, no amount of compensation can replace their quality of life.
If you have an older home or even one that was built in the 1980's, have the floors tested for the presence of asbestos before you begin pulling up tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. What most people do not realize is that asbestos may be harmful even if not disturbed.
It is, therefore, vital that you have your home tested for asbestos because removing asbestos is difficult and dangerous.
Should I Really Cover the Tiles?
If you want to upgrade your home and the tiles on your floor test positive for asbestos and they are tightly installed, but you want to upgrade your home, the best way to do this may be to cover the tiles. Why? As soon as you begin pulling up tiles that contain asbestos, you are putting yourself and family at risk of toxic exposure. To remove and replace the tiles, you should consult a professional.
As an example, if you have a 1950's home with a basement that has tile or vinyl flooring that tests positive for asbestos, but is in good shape, you may be able to cover the tile with carpeting. If the tile has not been disturbed since it was installed, there may not be a reason to disturb it.
It is Possible to Pull up the Tile Though, Right?
You can have a professional that is licensed to work with asbestos removing the tile, but it may be expensive because of the precautions that must be taken. Many professionals who can do the job will advise you to cover the floor rather than pull it up. The risk of removing a floor, asbestos is that you can expose your home to a toxin that can harm you and your family. If the tile is peeled up and in bad condition, there may be no choice but to remove the tile, but a professional that is licensed can advise you on your options.
Some people have a tendency to assume that if their tile tests positive for asbestos, then it must be removed at once. More research, however, is finding that leaving it alone and not disturbing it is sometimes safer than the possible health risks of exposing your family to the toxins.