Asbestos floors can be a real concern to home owners who don't have any experience in such matters. The reason you will find some floors with asbestos in it is because they are very good at resisting fires. However the downside is that there is the risk of asbestosis which is something that many people are contacting their lawyers about. Along with asbestosis, there is also the risk of lung cancer and cancer of the rectum. So it's no wonder that people are so concerned at the thought of removing asbestos flooring.
When it comes ot asbestos vinyl flooring you will sometimes see it referred to as VAT and this should be treated with great care when being removed. You need to ensure that it is non-friable which basically means it cannot by turned to dust easily. If the floor tiles gets damaged in any way, the asbestos can become friable and the dangerous fibers can become lose and cause damage to your health.
The good news is that asbestos floor tile removal is pretty easy however should always be carried out by professional contractors. This is because safety gear needs to be worn such as gloves, respirator and safety goggles. The asbestos floor tile should be removed in large pieces so that you prevent them from becoming friable. So whatever you do, don't go drilling, sawing or sanding your asbestos floor tile.
You will want to check the local laws concerning asbestos removal because chances are that it could be law to have a professional licensed contractor to remove the asbestos floor tiles. Large plastic sheeting is used to help prevent any particles from beoming airborne and the area is also wettened to prevent it too.
Once the asbestos vinyl flooring has been removed, the materials are then placed into a air-tight container that is clearly marked as containing asbestos materials. This container is then taken to a landfill that is specially equipped to deal with it. You cannot simply add it in with all the other garbage.
Although having professional contractors in can be expensive, it's always strongly advised that you don't ever think of cutting costs by removing the asbestos floor tiles yourself. You might even get some sort of fine if you get caught so it's just not worth it.