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Old 09-10-2014, 06:54 AM  
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Default What is this material? Asbestos threat?

First timer, here.

I recently purchased a home built in 1968. The home has been a rental property for several years and now I have decided to purchase it and began tearing out the cheap laminate flooring that covered the entire house.

Half of the house was originally carpeted and underneath that I found this material (4'x8' sheets) nailed to the subfloor. It is almost the consistency of dense ceiling tiles - very papery and fibrous. (See pictures).

I have already removed an entire room of this, and have more to do.

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Asbestos fibers get in the lungs and stays there causing all kinds of problems. Can kill over time. I would have a sample tested at a lab.
http://www.ask.com/wiki/Asbestos

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I don’t see any seams in it as if it was put down in sheets. I don’t know the product and I would also have it tested.

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Where I have it ripped up was the seam.

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Looks like celotex. Some of it contained asbestos. I would have it tested.

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Samfloor knows his stuff. If he recommends to get it tested, then by all means, please get it tested!

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I'm at the lab now.

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Excellent. Please let us and all future members know the outcome.

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Will do. Thanks for the info. I will have the results by 5pm.



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