Asbestos Removal Tile

Introduction to Asbestos Removal Tiles

If your house was built before 1980, there is a chance that your flooring will have a substance called asbestos added to it.  It was common practice in the past that asbestos was added to the flooring materials and substances to strengthen and increase the durability of the flooring.  But removal of an asbestos tile will be needed if your flooring has worn out over time.

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Floors containing asbestos that are in good condition and are intact generally do not require the tiles to be removed.  However extreme weather, wear and tear, aging, water and heat impact on the flooring can cause it to become weak.  The flooring then goes into a state called friable.  This is a flooring condition when it has more than one percent asbestos which has been weakened to the extent that it can be reduced, pulverized or crumbled to powder form with just pressure from your hand.  Flooring can also be changed to a friable condition during the removal of an asbestos tile.  One should be very careful when removing an asbestos tile as asbestos fibres are serious health hazards once they are in the air and have been inhaled by humans.

Who Should Remove the Tiles?

Once you have concluded that the flooring of your house has asbestos tiles which need to be removed, the next thing to consider is whether you want to do this yourself or whether you want to hire the services of an asbestos removal company.  It is generally not advised to do it yourself because you will need specialised tools, training and equipment.  But if you are hiring a company to remove your asbestos tiles, ensure that the company has a license for asbestos removal services.

On the other hand if you decide to remove the asbestos tiles yourself, before beginning the removal you should ensure that all the tools and materials required for the job are within the workspace.  You should also take care that you do not frequently leave or enter the workspace once the process of asbestos removal has started.  The personal protective equipment should be worn at all times when you are in the workspace.  Another precaution whilst removing asbestos tiles is to wet the floor with amended water.  This should be done prior to starting any cuts on the floor and will suppress the asbestos fibres ensuring that no asbestos fibres go into air during the process.

The Actual Process of Removing Asbestos Tiles

The process of removing asbestos tiles is very easy and basically requires removing the tile from its edges.  You will need a hammer along with a putty knife for working under the edges of tile which will help you in loosening it.  Once you have loosened the tile, gently work with the putty knife at an angle of 45 degrees to pop out the tile.  During this whole process you should avoid excessive pressure that could break the tile.  This will reduce the amount of asbestos fibres released into air.