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Abestos Floor?

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Joined: Mar 30 2003

I live in an Eichler In Concord. It was built in 1965 and I am trying to find out if the original flooring in the laundry room (and probably under the current kitchen floor) contains asbestos before we try and take it up to replace it. Anyone know what was used originally?


Joined: Oct 31 2005

Chances are if the linoleum tiles are 9" square and have little specks in them, then they are asbestos. We had ours professionally removed, it ran about 2k for the whole house. You can remove them yourself, but I've heard it is quite the messy and grueling process.

Joined: Mar 20 2003

I had those tiles in my living room/dining room. Used a scraper made for those things and they all popped off in about 20 minutes. 3% asbestos--none of them broke.

Joined: Apr 2 2003


Educate yourself on asbestos (search postings on this board but also the Internet for information from the experts), then decide your course.

Also, check with your city/county re: removal and disposal regulations.



P.S. Found this link to the EPA 's info. Basically, not a hazard if in good condition and left intact but drilling, sanding, scraping, etc.increases risk. I'd recommend homeowners read the entire page for complete information--definitely read if you are thinking of testing or removing the tile for some reason,.

eichfan at rawbw dot com

Joined: Mar 12 2005

the same essential warning exists on a cigarette pack.

Unless you put the tiles in a blender and huff the contents, you shouldn't be overly concerned. Do a general "search" of the board for asbestos and you will see most people provide the same basic advice, with a very few extremist/alarmist opinions.

Good luck with your project.

Joined: Oct 1 2006

Any recommendations on companies that will remove it for you? I know it can be done, but I don't really have the time or interest.


Joined: Apr 20 2006

Search on-line for 'asbestos abatement'. You will find some local sources for this kind of work.

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