The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Contractor for Asbestos Flooring Removal

Asbestos flooring tiles were commonly used until the late 1980s, and many homes built or renovated before then may still contain asbestos materials. These tiles, manufactured from “polyvinyl chloride polymers,” were popular due to their durability and cost-effectiveness compared to contemporary alternatives.

Identifying asbestos tiles is relatively straightforward; typically, they measure 9 or 6 inches square. However, confirming their composition may require laboratory testing. Newer vinyl composite tiles, manufactured at 12 inches by 12 inches, are designed to differentiate them from their asbestos-containing predecessors.

Living in an environment with asbestos floor tiles doesn’t inherently pose a risk of asbestos exposure. The fibers are typically firmly embedded within the tiles and only become hazardous when the tiles are disturbed, such as during removal or damage.

Once asbestos fibers are airborne, they pose a significant health hazard. As a contractor, I’ve encountered numerous locations with asbestos floor tiles, often in a state of disrepair. I’ve witnessed instances where other contractors have attempted removal, resulting in hazardous exposure. That’s why it’s crucial to take asbestos removal seriously and hire an experienced environmental contractor.

Attempting DIY removal of asbestos tiles is highly risky and ill-advised. Websites may offer DIY methods, but this is akin to attempting scuba diving without training in shark-infested waters.

Ensuring a safe working environment is paramount for myself, my technicians, my clients, and the surrounding area. That’s why I always recommend hiring a certified professional for asbestos removal to mitigate health risks and ensure proper handling and disposal.

Statistics on Asbestos in Homes

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos is present in an estimated 30 million residential and commercial buildings in the United States. Exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to serious health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.

Why Experience Matters

An experienced contractor understands the complexities of asbestos removal, including proper containment, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, and disposal protocols. They can also identify potential hazards and mitigate risks effectively, ensuring a safe and thorough removal process.