How to Get Rid of Asbestos Floor Tiles

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Asbestos was once used in lots of different building materials in the home including floor tiles, roof shingles and paneling. Asbestos is now an illegal building material due to its link to mesothelioma, a lung disease that can cause great discomfort and death. Tile installed in the 1970s or earlier may include asbestos. Removal must be in the proper way to prevent danger to yourself and others. Check with your local building regulations department for specific rules in your area and whether homeowners are allowed to remove asbestos.

Things You'll Need

  • HEPA mask
  • Eye goggles
  • Tyvek coveralls
  • Laceless rubber boots
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Tape
  • Water sprayer
  • Putty knife
  • Hair dryer
  • EPA approved trash bags
  • Put on a dual cartridge HEPA mask, eye goggles, disposable tyvek coveralls and laceless rubber books.

  • Cover the room with plastic sheeting over doorways, windows and other openings in the room. Tape the plastic sheeting in place.

  • Spray the floor with water two hours before the removal of the tile.

  • Slide a putty knife under a tile close to a doorway. Pry as much of the tile as possible to keep the pieces to a minimum. Heat the tile, with a hair dryer, if the tiles are breaking into four or more pieces.

  • Place the removed tiles into an EPA approved asbestos trash bag or an air tight container.

  • Dispose of the tile according to the local guidelines.

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