Asbestos Flooring and What to Do

Today there are millions of homes with asbestos-containing materials, and only a fraction of homeowners are aware.

Asbestos flooring was very common in older homes, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. The popularity of household asbestos materials rose in the mid-20th century as the products were resistant to heat, fire, chemical, and biological breakdown. Also to simply find a use for asbestos waste product from asbestos mining operations. Unfortunately, this all started happening decades before scientists and researchers shed light on the adverse health effects of asbestos exposure.

Common asbestos-containing flooring types…
• Pre-1990’s 9″ vinyl or asphalt-based floor tiles
• Pre-1990’s 12″ tiles
• Pre-1990’s sheet linoleum
• Adhesive used to glue down flooring materials

Some visual examples…

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What to do if you think you have asbestos in your home…

Asbestos is considered safe and legal to remain in homes or public buildings as long as the asbestos materials are in good condition and the asbestos cannot be released into the air. It is also impossible to identify asbestos without examination under a microscope, so sending a sample to a testing facility is the standard way of finding out. Call a professional asbestos abatement team for your best chance at minimal exposure.

However, always remember…

Asbestos-containing materials may release airborne asbestos fibers if they become: damaged, chipped, loosened, crumbly, worn down, sanded, cut, moved, sawed, drilled, repaired, removed improperly, OR subject to high volumes of foot traffic, abrasive cleaning, or maintenance procedures (floor buffing machine, corrosive chemicals, etc).

Your options…

• Contact Stutters Disaster Kleenup for a professional restoration company
• Avoid exposure or direct contact with suspect materials, especially if damaged
• If your asbestos flooring is damaged, it must be removed before laying a new floor – however if the flooring is perfectly intact, it should not be removed as the removal process poses a greater risk than simply covering the old flooring PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIALS WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION OR TRAINING

In any situation…

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The image below shows OTHER potential sources of asbestos in your home


Asbestos Abatement and Removal

Asbestos in Exterior Building Materials

Regulations for Removals of Asbestos

Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

Asbestos Found in Basements

Asbestos in Stucco and Plaster