Asbestos Flooring In Basement

Basement is the room underground, bearing severe problems like moisture and mildew. However, there are various methods which if applied effectively can bring good results to you. Proper waterproofing solutions, insulated walls, etc. are some of the methods, but all these methods demand proper basement flooring ideas Toronto. Flooring is the important part of the cellar renovation which actually increases the aesthetic value of this room. The selected flooring must be competent to control the humidity level as well as should be moisture resistant. Being the lowest section of your edifice, flooding is the commonest problem thus you should choose the floor that will not perish as flooding affects.

For such scenarios, carpet is not at all a good basement flooring idea. You can opt the option if the cellarage is effectively insulated and ventilated thus you need to install basement window Toronto, if there is not any. However, carpet is not the best choice to be made as it is not a moisture resistant stuff thus is easily perishable, Moreover it offers a great breeding place for many germs, especially during moist environment. The most liked substitute to carpets, rugs should also be avoided for the cellarage. Although it is much easier to sanitize rugs than that of the carpets but you should rather choose the same for other rooms of your home.

Tiles are the best suited flooring option for cellar. You can either choose slate, marble or ceramic to beautify the underground room. For ceramic tiles, you get myriad of color and design options. Usage of any of these tiles can easily improve the aesthetic look of your room. But tiles can also get cold in winter sending chill down to your spine if walking bare foot over it.

Another good flooring idea is hardwood floors, especially laminate floors as these floors are moisture resistant thus best suited to be used in cellarage. Vinyl laminate flooring, more precisely, gives you excellent and durable results. You can get the same in various shades, colors and patterns matching your preferences.

To get any of the flooring idea done, proper installation plays major role. Thus you need to call experts of the industry. Choose the one having expertise not only in mounting different floorings but also know the skills to perform other basement renovation tasks like the expert should know how to insulate basement wall Toronto. Get the professional advises by exploring different online discussion forums about the chosen service providers and contact the one having maximum number of good feedbacks for the services offered. Besides, you can also ask your family or friends for the references.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do I do about possible asbestos floor tiles in basement?
    Purchased house about 3 months ago, limited details from owner. It is about 40 years old (not sure age of tiles). The tiles are in the basement where the heater, water heater and laundry are. They are in very good shape except for a few loose ones. I was pretty sure they were asbestos tiles (9x9) everyone in the neighborhood has similar ones. But the guy from Lowes said that you could not see the fibers??? and they are asphalt, but he also said they were 8x8, they are not! I like his ideas about what to do but question this reasoning. I do not want to remove the tiles and think they should be sealed. But how??? By who?? The more people I ask the more different answers I get. Pleases HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      While 8x8" tiles do exist, they are rare. The majority of tiles are standardized to either 12"x12" or 9"x9". The 9 inch tiles have a greater probabilty of containing asbestos especially if you think the tiles are that old. The black adhesive or mastic under the tile can also contain asbestos.

      To remove them legally, you'd have to hire a licensed abatement company to remove them and dispose of them. They can't legally be thrown into just a normal landfill. Get several quotes though as different abatement companies charge different rates depending on their specialties and how hungry they are for work in this economy.

      The fibers in the tile are embedded in the matrix of the material so he is right in that you can't see them. The only way to know for sure is to send a sample to a lab to be analyzed under a scanning microscope.

      To give you an idea of costs to find out, our lab generally charges about to test the tile and another for the adhesive.

      If the tiles are in good condition, there's no need to remove them or even seal them. If you want to seal them, you can just wax or even lay new tile over them. However, that might not be the best idea long-term. The old tiles could come loose over time and cause the new tiles to come loose. Also, should you want to remove them in the future, most abatement companies will add on a few extra charges for multiple layers. Other options are laying plywood or just a rug over them.

      And looking long-term, in most markets its easier to sell a house in the future if the tiles were gone.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend rubber floor tiles to go over asbestos floors in a basement?
    to go over asbestos floors in a basement?

    What thickness or type should I get? I'm trying to learn more about home improvement. I thought this would be an efficient and easy way to cover the asbestos tile in my laundry room.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As long as the flooring down now is well bonded and not loose at all you can cover it with almost ( almost ) any thing as long as you don t disturb the asbestos flooring..
      So Pick is right thickness doesn t matter..
      Best is any floating system flooring so your not nailing it down..
      Traffic Master Allure makes an excellent water proof vinyl type floor that almost any one can install.
      Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL

  3. QUESTION:
    what can be used to seal asbestos floor tiles?
    Im actually looking for a name brand product of a sealer and/or paint that would work best in a basement that is dry most of the time. Any procedural details would be gratefully appreciated as well!!

    • ANSWER:
      Asbestos containing floor tiles only contain a very tiny percentage of asbestos, as most of the tile is plastic.
      I would not recommend using wax on the tiles though as that would require rubbing them.

      As stated in a previous answer one of the best things to do will be to cover them over, maybe with a latex screed and then applying a new floor covering over the top. It is also quite safe to remove these tiles yourself and then dispose of them in a safe and legal way.

      Painting them will only be a temporary fix for the tiles as the paint will over time rub off the surface as I have seen many times.

  4. QUESTION:
    Asbestos floor tile - how do I cover it?
    I just bought a "new" old house and the basement, according to the inspector, has asbestos tiles. Can I safely put a wood floor over that? How?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're thinking of "engineered" wood flooring, then it's easy. Installation is a process of snapping the pieces together and, when finished, the assembly "floats" on top of the old floor. No penetration of the old tile, so, no danger of asbestos exposure. Just lay down your pad, and assemble the new floor on top, no sealing of the tile is required.

  5. QUESTION:
    asbetos floor tiles and home purchase?
    I am looking at purchasing a home but on the disclosure form from the seller, it shows that there is asbetos tiles on the basement floor.

    I know asbetos is a problem but in this case how much would it cost to remove it? should this be a deal breaker?

    • ANSWER:
      Asbestos floor tiles aren't a health hazard as long as you don't try to remove them. The best way to prevent any possibility of a problem is to cover them with another floor covering.

      Follow Up:
      Asbestos based floor tiles were manufactured as late as the 1970's, and existing supplies were allowed to be installed into the early 1980's. Lead paint wasn't an issue then, and asbestos pipe insulation wasn't either. It would depend on the age of the house, but if disclosure noted the tiles and nothing else, it is unlikely there is a problem. Real Estate agents are under considerable liability if they fail to disclose such things. I know because I used to do C of O repairs for a Real Estate agency.

  6. QUESTION:
    Asbestos in tile floor of old house help?
    My friend bought a house and found out that the tiles in the basement contain asbestos. She was kind of scared and doesn't know if she should get professionals to "clean" her basement. Her dad said he would clean it. She will move in in March, should she have her basement cleaned out by professionals? Who? How? She lives in NJ.

    • ANSWER:
      Asbestos floor tiles are considered non-friable asbestos. Meaning that if you do not disturb them they will not release fibers. It is virtually impossible to remove asbestos tiles without breaking them. You will release fibers. When they break they become friable by asbestos abatement standards. Asbestos fibers remain in your lungs for life. Do not remove them yourself. All the previous answers are completely wrong. Not to mention that tearing out the tile yourself and handling the debris removal is illegal without training and certification.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have 2 layers of asbestos tile in my basement. What floor can I put over this?
    I've been told Duraceramic. I'm wondering if ceramic or porcelein might be better. I know it's colder, but I could throw some area rugs dowm for comfort. I'm more worried about failure due to the 2 layers of VAT. For the most part they are down solid. Just a few areas beginning to crack, but not much.
    Are there any speical prep instructions I should follow if either of theses floors would work?
    What do you think about laminate flooring like Dupont Real touch Elite? I get some humidity during some very bad summers, but it's not a big problem/
    My problem about removing the tiles is that in NJ it can not be a DIY project, Vat tiles must be removed by someone trained in proper removal and disposal. I can't really afford that. Which is why I'm trying to find out what exactly I can put over them. I thought about Laminate, but hear mixed reviews concerning basement humidity warping them. It the floor was totally flat it wouldn't be so bad, but it's not. So there's the issue of leveling it before installing a new floor.

    • ANSWER:
      Duraceramic is not suitable for possibly wet/moist areas. I suspect you already know you should remove the old tiles. The asbestos in tiles is non-friable. It's not like the asbestos fibers that are used to wrap pipes. The old floor will "telegraph" any uneven or cracked areas.

      I suggest you remove both layers of the old tile and set new ceramic tiles on a fresh bed of thinset mortar and grout and seal. Do it correctly and don't cut any corners.

      When your done you'll have a lifetime floor. Also consider that if you ever decide to sell the home you will not be required to tell the buyer that there is asbestos hiding.....it's called full disclosure.

  8. QUESTION:
    Basement flooring uneven; solutions?
    The basement in my 1958 house is covered in asbestos tile that has been flooded before (but I fixed the leak problem.) The floor is sinking down to one side. I've had 2 flooring estimators come in and they all say I should get a carpet with pad to even it out. But I also have read it's bad to put a pad down in a basement in case it traps water and leads to mold etc. Is it possible to have vinyl tile installed OVER the current asbestos-tiled floor? Could a flooring specialist put down another layer of concrete or cement to even it out, then put carpet or tile over that? Would such a procedure be more than ,000?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it s possible to coat the floor with a cement based product. A few different ways to do this.
      I wouldn t put vinyl over an asbestos tile because you d have to scuff up the tile to get adhesion.
      You could cover it in a cement product and then put almost any flooring over that.
      All this is based on your current tile being solidly bonded down.
      The price I can t help you with since I d need to see the job and know the s/f of area being done.
      Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL

  9. QUESTION:
    should i buy a house that has asbestos tile flooring in the basement?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure , but seal it over with a new insulated sub floor and don`t disturb it. It can only harm you if it becomes airborne , usually from cutting or tearing it.

  10. QUESTION:
    Adding flooring in basement, Can I just put it over existing floor?
    I've got some ugly 1950's tile flooring in my basement. Some of it is cracked but for the most part its in decent shape. I want to add both carpeting and a hardwood floor (laminate panels). Do I need to pull up all that tile and glue or can I just work over the existing stuff? Are there any disadvantages?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are going with actual laminate (or a floating wood floor) then both that and the carpet are pretty forgiving.

      What I would make sure that you do before laying down your padding, is to make sure that the floor is level and that you don't have any noticable dips in the floor. If all you have to worry about are cracks in the old vinyl, than you're just fine. If not, you can use a self-leveling compound to work out any areas that need fixing.

      Ripping it up could actually be a bad idea, as some vinyl floors that old can contain asbestos. Laying on top of it is just fine.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to proceed on an asbestos floor?
    I recently removed the carpet from my basement when the floods hit Nashville Tn. in May. Under the carpet was a carpet pad, two layers of linoleum, and asbestos tiles. While the water was in the house it loosened the asbestos glue to the point that some of the tiles broke and came off of the concrete pad. Now I have a very uneven floor that is hazardous to deal with and need to fix it. Another problem is that the pad is at a slight pitch in order to allow water to flow toward the downhill side of the house, so i am hesitant to use a leveling agent due to the fact that I don't want to negate the ability for water to run out if needed. I do not want to put carpet or wood back down there in case water gets in again. Is it possible to thin set right over top of the asbestos tiles that remain, and if so would they be in danger of coming loose if water got in again, or would the tile or slate that I may put down keep the water out? Or ...do I need to put hardibacker down over the asbestos tiles to hold the thin set mortar and if so do I need to screw it down and if so does drilling through the asbestos tiles present any dangers to my health. If so what would you recommend I do ? Is Liquid Nails a water proof option? thanks for any advise. Pete.

    • ANSWER:
      Your best course of action at this point is to get a professional to remove the tiles. You should NOT do it yourself as it can contaminate your entire house. It is not just the tile that has asbestos, the mastic holding it also has it, and it must be removed with solvent. Then all of that must be taken to a special landfill in sealed containers.

      It is worth the money to get rid of it because when you sell the house you can show the buyer that the asbestos has been remediated. Go to http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/apc/asbestos/ for information and a list of licensed removal companies. There are several in the Nashville area.

      I had this done on my building, and it is a relief to know that it is all gone. It has also increased the value of the building.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does asbestos grow...worried about what to do now.?
    I have a floor tile missing from my basement floor since our house flooded and the tile lifted. Where the tile was i now have a white substance growing out of the floor. It isn't a mushroom or mold. It is white and fibrous. I know the floor tiles do contain asbestos but i was told if we don't disturb them it will be fine. Well this one has been disturbed i guess.
    ok so i would be willing to bet it isn't mold. So if it is and i clean it and it is asbestos then i exposed myself to it. If it's mold then whatever i guess. So should i call in an asbestos person to test it?

    • ANSWER:
      Asbestos is not a living organism that can grow. It is a mineral. It might be dissolved salts and minerals growing in a crystalline structure as the water evaporates. I doubt it is Asbestos.

      1. Wear a mask when you go down there just in case.
      2. Get a dehumidifier and dry the place out as much as possible.
      3. Get someone to come in and clean out the residue if it is too much for you and either a) replace the tile or b) install new tile over the old with a good underlayment to stop whatever it was that was in the old tile from coming out again.

      A good sealer should take care of any more leaching out of minerals.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos
      Asbestos (from Greek meaning "unquenchable" or "inextinguishable") is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals exploited commercially for their desirable physical properties. They all have in common their asbestiform habit, long, (1:20) thin fibrous crystals. The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure to asbestos), and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Since January 1, 2005, the European Union has banned all use of asbestos[1] and extraction, manufacture and processing of asbestos products.[2]

      For environmental samples, one must normally resort to electron microscopy for positive identification.[3] Today, gravimetric and PCM/PLM techniques are employed. However, the latter techniques cannot readily identify the smallest, most hazardous, fibers, because they are limited to PM10 particulate size evaluation, which completely ignores ultrafine particles (UFPs).

      Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibres are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. Asbestos was used in some products for its heat resistance, and in the past was used on electric oven and hotplate wiring for its electrical insulation at elevated temperature, and in buildings for its flame-retardant and insulating properties, tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to chemicals.

  13. QUESTION:
    Redo my basement floor?
    So I had a flood in my basement, and trashed the carpet that came with the house. I found broken tile (I suspect containing asbestos) and an uneven surface. I'd like to find some sort of goop I could pour over the floor (after removing lose tile and leaving that which is stuck) which will self-level, seal the floor, and give me a smooth surface I can put probably laminate flooring on. I have taken measures to prevent future flooding.

    Suggestions please
    Additional info -- Area to be covered is about 300 sq ft

    • ANSWER:
      There are several self leveling, pourable masonry products that are available, however I don't know of any that will work if you don't remove ALL the tile. There are also several trowel applied floor levelers that you can apply in the areas where you remove tile. At best, unless you have experience working with any of these products, you would probably be wasting your time and money. They are difficult to use for the inexperienced and the end result is usually disastrous. Your best alternative would be to remove all of the floor tile and remove the adhesive residue to the point that you have a relatively smooth surface. At that point, you can install you floating floor. Be sure to install the layer of underlayment that's recommended for you choice of floor. If you feel relatively certain that you floor tile contains asbestos, it can generally be safely removed using an ice scraper, but don't go crazy and disintegrate the tile allowing millions of particles to become airborne. For any tile that is adhered really well, a little heat from a paint remover or a good hot hair dryer will usually soften the tile and the glue . Worst case scenario, heat using a propane torch, being careful not to burn the tile.

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the best flooring for basements?
    The basement is dry but the washing machine might leak.Right now it has old asbestos tiles on it

    • ANSWER:
      Like what they say, remove the asbestos first. Tile will be great choice. Concrete floor can also be consider. The advantages of tiles is it has lots of colors that can surely can crate a great design for your basement if you will just mix and match some color combination. A lot of people choose tile because of the beauty that can be add to your basement. Tiles also are nearly impervious to moisture.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can we paint over vinyl flooring or should we put more vinyl dn?
    Basement can get wet during rainy season. (Working on that) Also may have asbestos so we do not want to disturb it at all. Will be puttin small area rugs in to soften it up. Approx 1000 sq ft.

    • ANSWER:
      The absolute best solution is to have qualified personnel determine whether or not you have asbestos and the appropriate mitigation measures.

      There are home asbestos test kits for the DIY crowd, but I would trust these more as affirmative than dismissive... if it comes back positive, you know you have it, negative would still make me nervous if I have good reason to suspect the presence of asbestos.

      Non-friable (that is to say asbestos that is stable, and not likely to produce dust) asbestos is not dangerous, as long as it is not disturbed. Scraping, scrubbing, and/or nailing would not be considered safe activities with asbestos impregnated flooring.

      If you can make the basement dry, and you want new vinyl over suspect flooring, then I would put down a vapor barrier (carefully seal seams) and choose a heavy final cut to fit, laid in place. It will still be susceptible to movement (and therefore tearing), but may fit the bill.

      Painting is an option, but I would be very, very, wary of how I clean/prep the surface to take paint (see friable asbestos discussion).

      If you decide to paint, prep with a solution of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and water, rinse well and let dry.

      Use a polyurethane paint (there are specific paint-over-vynil-floor paints) and follow manufacturer's directions.

      Be safe- and best of luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    Contractor responsibility re: asbestos ?
    I recently had my basement waterproofed and part of the process involved jackhammering up the perimeter of my basement floor. Later I was told (not by the contractor who waterproofed the basement) that the tile on my basement floor was asbestos, so now I'm left with dust from all that jackhammering all over my basement and a bunch of jagged, partially damaged asbestos tiles still on my floor. Don't contractors have some responsibility for making sure that those kinds of tiles are removed in the "correct" way before they perform their work? Or is it my fault for "letting" them do the work on asbestos tile that hadn't been remediated? I didn't even know it WAS asbestos tile....it was there when I bought the house.
    Let me clarify my question a bit.... I think what I'm asking is, shouldn't a contractor have told me "hey, you need to get rid of this asbestos before we can waterproof your basement" instead of just going down there and jackhammering away? I wouldn't have expected them to perform abatement procedures, but I would have thought they would have refused the work until it was taken care of instead of releasing tons of asbestos fibers into my home environment with the work they performed.

    • ANSWER:
      Being a flooring installer I have been trained from day one that if existing vinyl must come up, always assume it contains asbestos. By law, only someone certified in asbestos abatement is permitted to remove asbestos. If you can find a piece of the same tile, perhaps in another room of the house, under the carpet, you may be able to find a company in your area that will test the piece for asbestos content.
      If you have reason to believe that the contractor's negligence has put your family's health at risk, you may consider contacting an attorney. I do not condone hysteria or careless litigation. HoweverIf my family's health is endangered by someones carelessness I think it is reasonable to ask that the situation be corrected. It may be that the contractor had determined the tile to be free of asbestos and proceeded in a safe and professional manner.

  17. QUESTION:
    Asbestos tiles in basement?
    I have asbestos tiles in my basement and would like to lay down a cork floor. Can I lay them right over the tiles or should I have them removed professionally first? They are quite old (house built 1951) and some of them are cracked or loose. The inspector recommended removal but a lot of sites I have read say to carpet over them.

    Is there some kind of sealant I can use to even out the floor and ensure that the tiles don't crack further? I will use this area as a gym so I really don't want to have anything there that could cause a health concern. If I choose to remove them, what will it cost from a company licensed to deal with asbestos? The basement is 35'x25'. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First, an answer will depend on the type of asbestos. Did you really have them tested or was this a house inspector. If you have not tested them, take a broken piece with the glue on the back to a lab in a ziplock bag. For , you can be sure. A house inspector should not be making such declarations (which is actually illegal).

      If they are asbestos, they need to be removed because they can not be covered or sealed in full. The price depends on where you are in the USA. k-k for just the tile. If the glue is also asbestos, add 50% to that. If the tiles will pop up maybe 50% less.

  18. QUESTION:
    how much does it usually cost to rennovate the basement of a house ?
    I live in Toronto and I am planing to buy a house but I want to rennovate the basement, and that's why I want to know that how much does it usually cost to rennovate the basement of a house ?
    and do you know any good company's name who are best at doing rennovations and their prices are reasonable as well

    • ANSWER:
      You should have an inspector look the basement over very thoroughly, since basement's traditionally can be damp, have mold, radon, asbestos insulation or flooring. A lot of basement re-dos are bandaids to hide problems like a leaky or cracked wall or asbestos covered pipes.

      So make sure the blank slate you start with is in good shape. If covering walls and floors its a good idea to prime or seal them first. I also am a big advocate for not using wood or carpet for flooring. One heavy rain, or broken pipe will ruin 00s of investment. I'd recommend large 18" ceramic or stone tiles, or a composite or vinyl floor. Even painted or stained concrete can give you that edgy "loft" look. Then use washable area rugs. I live in MN, and some counties also have codes about egress window and exits, so check all you local codes as well.

  19. QUESTION:
    air quality in basement affects on garden?
    With winter getting very close I was thinking of starting a small garden in my basement. The furnace is in the basement so it stays pretty warm. I was going to get a grow light and do simple herbs and lettuce maybe. I'm wondering does the air quality in my basement affect the plants and affect how safe they are to eat? My basement isn't horrible but has things like radon and asbestos covering the pipes.

    • ANSWER:
      If your basement contains asbestos, and radon is entering your home, your first consideration should be to eliminate these--and immediately. The quality of the air you breathe has a more urgent effect on your health that that of potential salads. The use of asbestos is now illegal, and pipe insulation is inexpensive. The floor can be patched to block the radon. Both of these can be fatal (after a long, painful illness), so please remedy this without delay.

  20. QUESTION:
    How should I prep an asbestos tile floor for VCT?
    I am installing VCT in a church basement over asbestos tile that is quite old, well adhered to the floor, and has been waxed a lot. Do I need to use wax remover or some type of primer before I put down the adhesive?
    Also, I will need to fill some small "pot holes" or indentations that are 1.5 inches in diameter. I planned on using a grey trowelable patch for that. Does that sound alright?

    • ANSWER:
      IF the wax is acrylic, I would test, test, test the glue being used..make sure it does NOT interact with the floor "wax." If no interaction, I would must patch the holes and go for it...you do not want to distrub this floor in a way that could release asbestos to the air. IF there is a reaction, then strip the "wax" with wax remover or ammonia based cleansers until the was is gone, patch and spread glue, lay new floor. Good luck


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