Many older homes may contain asbestos-containing flooring, according to a recent Detroit News article.
According to the article, “asbestos is a known carcinogen and should be handled by trained professionals. There are many items in older homes that contain asbestos, but linoleum generally does not fall into that category. However, 8-inch floor tiles commonly used in older kitchens and bathrooms most likely contain asbestos, and the glue that was used for both the floor tiles and linoleum may contain asbestos fibers”.
It has been widely reported that the nearly all of the 9-inch by 9-inch tile asphalt and vinyl tiles produced by various manufacturers in the 1950’s through 1970’s contained asbestos. Some manufacturers of 9-inch by 9-inch tile produced asbestos containing flooring into the 1980’s.
Asbestos abatement is performed commonly in older homes and historic structures. Asbestos abatement performed under strict conditions by a skilled contractor can be quite effective, thereby removing the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.