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This is the post that I’ve been putting off writing. Why? I was still dealing with the shock of it all. The gist of it is, if you think your home is safe from asbestos, you could be dead wrong! I thought our home was in the asbestos-free time frame, but I was sorely mistaken.  

Background: What started as a small leak turned into a massive gut of our kitchen. The disaster restoration team came in and started assessing the damage. What happened next was a downward spiral of issues I pray never happens to you. The polybutylene pipe failure from two weeks ago turned into a full blown mold remediation (luckily it wasn’t black mold.) Shortly after removing the water soaked base cabinets in our kitchen, the project manager discovered old vinyl flooring under our newer vinyl flooring. He told me that they sent a sample to the lab for asbestos testing. I said, “Okay.” And dismissed it knowing that our house couldn’t possibly contain asbestos. The next morning I got a phone call, “The lab results came back and that old flooring tested positive for asbestos.”

What I learned over the next few days about asbestos both scared me and re-assured me. Now that our home is officially asbestos-free and we’ve finally moved back into the house, I’m emotionally ready to share with you what I learned.

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Asbestos fibers under a microscope courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

What is asbestos? (source: EPA.gov)
Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. Asbestos as a building material made sense before it was discovered to cause health problems. It was heat and fire resistant and the glues that contain asbestos work REALLY well. You can’t get glue for vinyl flooring today that sticks as well as the asbestos based glues. Thankfully, asbestos has been banned in the US.

But, here is the crazy thing: Back in the early 1900’s asbestos was suspected to be a health hazard. In 1924, a UK citizen was the first person diagnosed with Asbestosis (progressive fibrosis of the lungs.) In 1931, the term Mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer) was used in medical literature. But, the risks and dangers of asbestos were swept under the rug and hidden until the 1970’s. Finally, in 1989 asbestos in building materials was phased out and eventually banned in 2003. That is almost 80 years after the dangers of asbestos were first discovered! Which means that in the meantime asbestos was used in almost a million residences and buildings. And over 100,000 people have become ill or died from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is used in (but not limited to) per Wikipedia:

  • Roofing and siding materials
  • Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement
  • Insulation of a home built between 1930-1950
  • Attic and wall insulation as vermiculite ore
  • Textured paint and wall patching
  • Artificial ashes and embers used in gas fireplaces
  • Old stove-top pads
  • Walls and floors around woodburning stoves can have asbestos fiber, millwork or concrete pads
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring
  • Vinyl floor adhesives
  • Asbestos blanket or tape on hot water and steam pipes in older homes
  • Oil and coal furnaces door gasket insulation

The bottom line is that your home could have asbestos products even if it was built in and prior to 2003. The asbestos abatement team told me that just because there was a ban placed on the use of asbestos, there were still products containing it on store shelves. For this reason, you should never assume that your home is asbestos-free. It is much safer to have a professional test for asbestos if you don’t know. Then discover that you were exposed when it is too late.

What to do if you suspect (and even if you don’t suspect) that you have an asbestos product in your home:

First of all, don’t freak out. Call a professional asbestos abatement company and have them do a quick test on the product. They will take a 1″ sample of the material and perform a PLM (Polarized Light Microscopy) test by looking for asbestos fiber structures under a microscope. If it is determined that you have asbestos, you need to determine the risk of the fibers being released into the air. If you have asbestos flooring that is in good condition (not flaking, damaged or will be tampered with) you can lay new flooring over top of the old floor. In the case of our vinyl flooring, one of the previous owners had added new flooring on top of the old. This is acceptable, but it must be disclosed that there is asbestos flooring in the home when you go to sell. It is presumably safe to live in a home that has asbestos products as long as they aren’t at risk of creating air borne fibers.

In our case, the mold remediation team had to remove the water soaked floor and would be damaging the old asbestos vinyl underneath. This could loosen and expose fibers that could be inhaled and potentially lead to health problems.

How Asbestos is Removed?

I was told that we could stay in the house during the abatement, but there was no way I was going to chance having my kids in the house. We decided to move everyone out of the house (complicated by the fact that we were getting headaches from the mold.)

The abatement team arrived and sealed off the room(s) completely. Doorways, ducts and even the windows are sealed with plastic. Big scary asbestos signs are placed on every doorway to deter people from entering.

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Two giant HEPA filters are installed outside a window and suck the air out of the room. This creates negative air pressure which prevents air from escaping into the rest of the house.

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The asbestos abatement team wears disposable suits (and I was told even disposable underwear.)  They wear respirators and gloves.

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The floor boards are cut into manageable sections and the edges are taped off to contain the asbestos backing and glue under the vinyl. The sheets are loaded into a truck. All debris is vacuumed and cleaned from the room and disposed of in plastic bags. All the contaminated materials, clothing, etc. are hauled back to the abatement company where they are dumped into a special sealed dumpster for asbestos products.

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After the abatement team is done, they must strip down and take a shower (usually a portable shower is brought to the job site.) Only after the shower can they put on their regular clothes.

Asbestos RemovalPortable shower for abatement team to use after finishing the job.

Air test for Asbestos

After the abatement is complete, an air test must be performed before anyone can enter the room without protective gear. A TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) or a PCM (Phase Contrast Microscopy) air sample is analyzed. In our house, the TEM was used which is supposedly more accurate. The technician was a trained professional who put on his own protective gear. He ran a leaf blower around the room to stir up any dust and fibers that may have settled on the floor and in crevices. Then ran a small vacuum pump that sucked air through a filter for 45 minutes.
 
An acceptable asbestos air test will come back with less than .01 fibers per cc. Luckily our home was clear and we were allowed to move back in. But, now this is our reality:

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That’s right, we now have a scooter track in our home. I may miss our kitchen, but the boys don’t seem to mind.

To be continued…

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You can read more about our kitchen disaster and renovation in these updates:

 

90 replies
  1. Pine Tree Home
    Pine Tree Home says:

    Thanks for sharing this real life experience. While a total bummer and life changer, looks like you have some exciting kitchen planning to get done. So do share a little more about the leak because my husband was thinking of switching out some of our copper piping.

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  2. sue
    sue says:

    I just went and read your posting about the beginning of this saga. You do such a valuable service when you post this information, thank you SO much. I need to find out where the shut off valve is and how to shut it off; a huge, major leak is my nightmare scenario. When I read of your experience, I recognize that I have to be the big girl and learn what to do BEFORE something happens.
    The question that kept running through my mind, over and over was, how much does this all cost? I am glad that your family is back home and the problem has been fixed, but what a burden. Again, I wish my thanks helped in some way to offset the cost. Hang in there.

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  3. Koliti
    Koliti says:

    Hi Brittany! I’ve learned a lot from your water damage post and now your asbestos post. Thank you for taking the time to provide extremely educational and well-written and in-depth posts while you have been dealing with all of this. Right after the water damage post, I re-acquainted myself to my house’s water shut-off – Thank you! Would you consider writing an occassional “Home Upkeep/Maintenance” post?

    When life gives you “stinky-polybutylene-pipe-water-damage-and-what-the-hell-asbestos-flooring”, I love that you can spin it into a scooter track! Keep finding the humor and I’m glad your family is safe!

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  4. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    Oh my goodness Brittany, you’ve been through quite an ordeal! I sure hope your insurance covered all this. What a mess. Did it ruin your kitchen cabinets too? Thanks for giving the heads up on asbestos. I don’t think we have any in our house either, but it’s good to know what to look out for. Hope this week is a much better one!

    Deborah

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  5. Ann
    Ann says:

    What an ordeal you have been through! At our home we went through the discovery and removal of dry-rot and reading your post brought back the memories. I really feel for you.

    When things go wrong here we often say “Life is what happens when you were busy making other plans” This sure is a big life ordeal.

    But I do love the scooter track, I bet it’s loads of fun 🙂

    Ann

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  6. Atta Girl Amy
    Atta Girl Amy says:

    I’m sorry you’re having to go through this, Brittany. But this is a really informative post, and includes info that I don’t think has been widely publicized in the past. I think people who live in newer homes don’t think asbestos could be an issue for them, but obviously that isn’t the case.

    A lot of people will know know this because you wrote about your experience. Silver lining, perhaps?

    And you do know that once your kitchen is back in order, your boys are still going to expect to be able to ride their scooters inside. You’ve set a dangerous precedent. 🙂

    Take care,
    Amy

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  7. Beth McHale
    Beth McHale says:

    I really appreciate you posting this information! I probably would have torn up the floor in our hallway, familyroom & kitchen not realizing what dangers I was exposing my family to. It’s not that I haven’t heard of it before, but I read your blog daily and kinda feel like I know you. I guess it feels more real seeing how you and your family have gone through this.
    Just want to make sure to thank you!

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  8. Diane @ To Dog With Love
    Diane @ To Dog With Love says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing and so glad you are asbestos free. Living in an older home, asbestos is something that’s been on my mind lately… makes me wonder about my attic insulation especially. Great post and so sorry you had to go through this!

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  9. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    [email protected] says:

    Brittany…what an informative post…You have certainly had so many obstacles to overcome. Thanks for always sharing such important and vital information on our homes…Glad that you are finally in and asbestos free.

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  10. julie witt
    julie witt says:

    OH man, what an ordeal, mold AND asbestos! At least it’s behind you now and you can move on to the more fun stuff! Hey, I live in an older house (1946) and I believe there is asbestos in the original kitchen flooring. (I may have been told this 20 yrs ago when I moved in, but I’m getting old and senile and can’t remember for sure!) Anyway, I am about to embark on a DIY kitchen remodel. And after reading your asbestos post the other day, I realized that I need to get my floor tested, and if there IS asbestos I must either have it abated professionally OR just go over everything with new floor (which means there will be 4 layers of flooring and a 1/2 ” to 3/4″ step up into my kitchen, erg.) Can I ask you how much the abatement cost? (or did insurance pay since the removal was part of your leaking pipe problem?) I am very bummed about the prospect of paying a ton for this to be done since I am already on such a tight budget. I might just go with a “raised” kitchen. Sighhhh. Oh, I also live in the SF Bay Area in CA which means whatever you paid I can probably double it :)~ Thanks for any info you can give me.

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    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      Julie, I wish I had more information on the cost for you. If I see the bill I’ll let you know. Do you have homeowner’s insurance? Ours paid for the abatement. It does sound like a tough situation for you to be in and that is a lot of floor layers. I’d be willing to bet that one of them has asbestos ;-(.

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      • julie witt
        julie witt says:

        Thanks for the info, Starr. I imagine my floor would be a good $2000 or $3000. And that’s a good chunk of my budget. I think it’s going to be “step up” time into my kitchen. Not ideal, but not the end of the world. Gotta work with what ya got, right? Hmmm, perhaps I should paint the threshold bright Yellow and add a “CAUTION” sign?? :)~

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  11. Bri@themodernparsonage
    [email protected] says:

    I’d love to see the bill too. We had asbestos tile in our den and when I called to ask an abatement company, they told me it was easy to do myself so to just wet it all down and pull it up. I wore a HEPA mask and used some soy-based solvent for removing the mastic. Every once in a while I worry that I took 30 years of mine and Scott’s lives and hurt our puppies, but I also checked out the EPA websites for both the US and Canada and they have similar recommendations. It was a long process, but I’m glad it’s gone now. Unfortunately, we probably have it in a couple more rooms, including the kitchen.

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      • Melanie
        Melanie says:

        Brittany, thank you very much for you, your website and your post about this. Was your asbestos removal $35,000 or $3,000-$5,000? The font is making it difficult for me to tell which numbers you typed.

        We have just found your website and your blog about your experience…during our own research for what will soon come to be our own nightmare as well. Our homeowners insurance will not pay for the removal of asbestos. They also will not pay for the repair of our flood-damaged areas until the asbestos has been removed.

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  12. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Hi I admit to being scared to buy an older home due to the risk of asbestos which is a shame because they are usually well built and considerably more affordable is it safe to assume that every house built before the late 1970s or 1980s contains some asbestos somewhere? Sorry to be the one to ask the hard questions but you never say what the age of your home actually is only that you assumed it was too new to have asbestos issues and that you sent it out for testing and it came back as positive for asbestos. What year was your home built? Its hard to believe a home built in the late 80s or early 90s for instance has such a severe problem.I have to ask are you really sure the test result was trustworthy and accurate? Was it done by the same company that stood to gain financially from asbestos removal or had a connection to the company that you hired for the removal ? Did you get a second opinion? Just asking.

    Lisa

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    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      Lisa, our house was built in 1978. I actually do know now that the testing was correct as we have since found out that previous owners knew about the asbestos and so chose to cover the existing floor rather than risk exposure by ripping it up. I wouldn’t be scared of buying an older home. Just educate yourself and ask for tests when you are considering buying one.

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          • Jody Mack
            Jody Mack says:

            I assume that it was negative? I am planning some renovations and sent some vinyl flooring from (I assume) the early 70’s in for testing. If it comes back positive I’ll probably just cover it with 1/4″ plywood and then go with vinyl (fake) ceramic tile instead of what I really want (ceramic). This is due to the fact that I there is particle board under the vinyl, so they won’t put ceramic tile on top of that. Now I am also thinking about the drywall – never occurred to me in the past when doing things that it could be in there – have drilled into it more than once. I hope that it comes back free of it because I want to tear my ugly soffits out! 🙂

          • Brittany Bailey
            Brittany Bailey says:

            Oh I’ve been there. I hope it comes back negative. Be forewarned that, by law, you will have to disclose the presence of asbestos in your home if you cover it up. Plus, your floor height will change, from the rest of the house. It might be worth it to get a quote for abatement.

  13. esther
    esther says:

    Hello. I purchased a home in 2001, withoud doing any inspection. My husband and I started having respiratory problems since then. Today, someone came to paint the home, and said that because I have popcorn ceiling, he wont paint because he is sure we have ASBESTOS> Who do I contact, and if I do, the house might need demolition. Does the homeowners insurance pay for that ? The painter was 100% sure I have mt the home told and asbestos, and that is what is causing recurring pneumonia in my family. We don’t have a lot of money, and if the insurance wont cover the repairs, or demolition, where else am I supposed to go? meanwhile, if I do stay we will die of lung cancer.The house was built in 1932. PLease help. Sick and desperate. Thank you

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Esther, I think the first step would be to contact your insurance agent. They will be able to tell you if it is covered or not. If they can’t help you, try contacting your city or state building and planning office. If it’s just the popcorn, remediation by a professional shouldn’t be too difficult and I can’t imagine your house would need to be demolished. Good luck to you and your family.

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  14. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Your house seems alot like mine. popcorn ceiling, chair rails all over (which i like) and vinyl flooring under the tile. was your house built in 1970?

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  15. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Did your asbestos abatement company make you empty out your ENTIRE KITCHEN of all dishes and food before they would come in and do their work?

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  16. Julie Young
    Julie Young says:

    Hi, thank you for posting this. How long did you keep your kids out of the house after the removal? The work has to be done in my toddler’s bathroom across the hall from his bedroom, so I’m a little paranoid about his being here.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Julie, the tarps and everything remained up for 24 hours after the work was done until we got the lab results back that it was asbestos-free. So, it would depend on how quick you can get a tech to take the air test results and how quickly they can get it to through the lab. For extra caution, I kept the kids out of the house while the work was being done. But, they were also set up at my in-laws at that point anyway, so we didn’t have any rush to get back in.

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  17. Kim
    Kim says:

    Hi Brittany,
    Wow, what a story. You provided some useful insights and things most of us would never have even thought of.
    We have city-sewer and recently had 2, yeah, 2, backflows into our utility sink in our basement. The first wasn’t too bad, just the sink and a little overflow onto the floor and rugs. We cleaned up, had a drain company snake the sink drain, and moved on. The second, the very next day, was gushing, smelly, chunky discharge all over the floor, running out of the sink, getting to a depth of about 2′ in places before the h2o was shut off. I don’t know why having the h2o on complicated the issue, but shutting it off stopped the gush. I bailed with a trash bucket out the back door into some rocky planted area. The drain company came back and snaked 2x out to the street (about 90 feet of snake, he said), didn’t have any tree roots or feel any breaks, just some “thickness”, which he got thru both times with effort. He suggested contacting the town and having the sewer line flushed to be sure it was clear. Did that the next day; of course, they said they were ok. Contacted the ins. co….luckily we are covered for the loss. However, the clean up company that came in to help said that the flooring under the carpet was most likely asbestos and they couldn’t do more than soak and wash it. They wiped down almost everything, took the destroyed stuff, and working with the ins. co. got an asbestos tester to come. This was all in the last 2 wks. We should have the results in another day or so. We’ve done a complete empty of the room of all belongings so they can come in and remove, or the clean-up comp. can come and do if no asbst.. The tester also said we would be ok to stay, but I’m not feeling too confident. At what point would you suggest leaving? Before they begin, or when they are ready to leave as well? I don’t want to leave the house open for anyone to walk in as we’re close to the city and I’m not that trusting. Thoughts? Any are appreciated! Thanks for all the insights. Wish us luck!
    kim

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Kim, you are safe as long as the asbestos material (fibers) aren’t disturbed. Once they start ripping up anything that will expose or disturb it, I’d leave the house until you have the clean air test results. Make sure they leave the tarps up if there is asbestos abatement until the air test is passed.

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  18. Mark Bottorff
    Mark Bottorff says:

    Esther,

    First, I am an abatement professional. I have worked on the removal as well as the testing sides of asbestos work. If you had respiratory issues so early, it is not the asbestos, but probably instead a mold or air duct issue. Asbestos does not affect the respiratory system so quickly, and will not cause pneumonia. Also, the painter has no way of knowing if the popcorn ceiling is asbestos or not; but in his defense – if a contractor doesn’t know, they HAVE to assume it is positive for asbestos (lead paint is the same).

    Contact your local housing organization, they may have programs that can assist in the testing/removal of asbestos and lead in your home. – They may even have a program that will not only remove the hazardous materials, but will reinstall new items (doors, walls, windows, etc) for free or at least at a reduced price.

    Popcorn ceiling is a friable – Class I work – will need to be removed inside a negative air enclosure.
    Floor tile is non-friable – Class II work – if removed with hand tools (putty knives, 5 in 1’s) does not need an enclosure; and removal yourself is quick and easy (you can legally place in bags and put with your normal garbage).
    I do not recommend removing linoleum yourself as it tends to tear between layers, thus releasing the asbestos fibers.
    Pipe insulation can be spray painted (encapsulating) which will hold the asbestos in a matrix.

    Hope all this helps!

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  19. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    We are in the process of remodeling our home. We have the vinyl tile and likely linoleum as well. Is the removal of kitchen linoleum with asbestos considered friable vs. non friable? Is negative air enclosure required? Is it common for asbestos to be in plaster walls? Our home was built in 1957. I never thought this would be so stressful!

    Thanks!

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  20. Bailey
    Bailey says:

    Thanks for sharing. My husband and I are going through a similiar process following a leaky dishwasher, great to hear what the process is like. we tested positive today, waiting to hear the next steps from the restoration crew!

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  21. Serena @ Thrift Diving
    Serena @ Thrift Diving says:

    Hey Brittany! After running into you at Haven and our brief talk about asbestos, it’s ever present in my mind, especially as I start on my kids’ bathroom renovation/makeover for my August Upgrade challenge. My house was built in 1973, and I’m so thankful that you brought this to my attention because I just didn’t think about it. I haven’t removed any vinyl flooring in my house (although we have it); I’ve just gone over it with Snap Stone interlocking porcelain tiles, which worked well for my laundry room. I’ll be doing it for my kids’ bathroom, too, where there is vinyl tile. But I’ve got this decorative board stuff that is adhering to the top of my kids shower, and I’m afraid to remove it. It’s sort of like beadboard. I’m going to call someone in to do an inspection just to make sure. I can’t move forward without knowing for sure…. Thanks for the warnings! 🙂

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

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  22. marie
    marie says:

    3.5K for just one room?! omg, the abatement co. is recommending a gut of the *whole house* (1300 sf); I was thinking it’d be around 10-12K, but am now revising that to 15-20K.

    gah!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Marie, that cost depends on a lot of different factors (location, the material with asbestos, work needed to remove it, cost to dump in a containment area, etc.) I wouldn’t freak out until you get a quote.

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  23. kathy
    kathy says:

    Hi Brittany,
    This is great info – I am currently in the middle of what sounds like a similar project. Water leak, leads to pulling up the floor, 3 layers of vinyl, first 2 layers clear of asbestos – 3rd layer positive! Ugh, not to mention the mold too. My question for you – did you take all the appliances and everything out of kitchen before the asbestos removal? I am curious since we are mainly tearing out the floor – does everything in the upper cabinets need to be removed? I would assume yes, based on what you mention about your experience, but would be interested to hear what you think. Thanks!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Kathy, our kitchen was already gutted and the upper cabinets were emptied when they were doing the mold abatement. If I were you, I would empty them and seal them or thoroughly clean them afterwards. And yes, the entire kitchen was emptied from the backsplash down. I would expect you’d need to do that when ripping out the flooring down to the subfloor. I also wouldn’t recommend taking on this job yourself. But, that’s your call.

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      • Steve
        Steve says:

        We are dealing with a similar issue: water damage in kitchen resulting in mold, subsequent discovery of asbestos behind the wall. Insurance company is not authorizing the removal of the kitchen appliances before the abatement process begins, but insists that wrapping them in plastic is sufficient. Others have said the appliances should be removed, which puts us at somewhat of a standstill.

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  24. dee tip
    dee tip says:

    11 days ago, the pipe that fills the toilet tank busted while i was at work. I came home to 4″ of water throughout most of my apartment. ( i rent) we got most of it up that night, and i continued the next day. A flood restoration company came out and started the process of pulling up all the carpeting and some of the kitchen flooring. A guy came out to test for mold and asbestos, all work has come to a complete halt. one day was it, and they just left the dehumidifiers running. nothing has happend since, the guy who took the samples said he needed state okay on it, but still not one thing has been done… my question is isn’t there a time limit for this sort of thing, so i can get my apartment fixed

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  25. BB
    BB says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. There needs to be more public awareness about asbestos. I’m sorry that you had to go through all of that. It must have been such a stressful time for you and your family.

    My husband and I are under contract to buy a 1969 ranch, which a house flipper remodeled. I wonder how much asbestos was in the house and what care the renovators took, if any, in removing it. I’ve learned that before the remodel, the house had that horrible 1960s wood paneling throughout, which would have had asbestos mastic. The drywall has been replaced, and, thankfully, most of the floors are hardwood, but I’m sure that there were other sources of asbestos in a house from this era. I noticed when we toured the house a couple of days ago that a lot of dust from the renovation had collected in the vents and air ducts. So now I’m envisioning friable asbestos floating around in there.

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  26. Scott
    Scott says:

    I had no idea that asbestos could be basically anywhere in an older home. I can see why it would be smart to have any house you are looking of buying tested for it. My sister noticed her kitchen floor would shift up and down while she walked on it. They eventually had it tested and found it has asbestos. It took them about a month to get it all taken care of. What a nightmare.

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  27. Yilliang Peng
    Yilliang Peng says:

    I am so thankful I have not had a run in with asbestos. Thankfully it was banned in the 80’s and construction companies use other means, which is beneficial for all of us. I plan on just living in homes that were built post-1980 and hope that it does not come back and bite me. Thanks for all the information!

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  28. Kate
    Kate says:

    where do the companies put the hazardous stuff after it goes into their dumpsters? Does anyone have a way to break it down and destroy it? Are our dumps filled with this asbestos?

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  29. Pam
    Pam says:

    I know this may be personal, but do you know the costs for all of these tests. We have insulation that is deterating and it’s asbestos. We need to get it removed ASAP. But I’m wondering how much money we’re looking at.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      The tests aren’t very expensive. It depends on your lab and if you are set up as a contractor (plus how quickly you need the results.) But,I’d say around $50 – $70 per sample. The real expense comes to have it abated.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Randi, I’m not sure what you mean? Where is the asbestos you are talking about? Typically asbestos in drywall or joint compound isn’t an issue if the walls have been painted. The danger is when you cut into the wall or pull the drywall down and release the fibers into the air.

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  30. Randi
    Randi says:

    Hi we already figured it out we removed asbestos popcorn ceiling I was able to find a zero voc sealer encapsulation spray of that was sprayed on ceiling walls and all air in that room called Fiberlock- Fiberset PM

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  31. Matt Purcell
    Matt Purcell says:

    Maybe you can help me ? I had a house fire march 3 of this year. The fire department did a awsome job putting it out fairly quick. When it was all said and done most of the fire damage was on 1 side of my home. The house was built in 1911 and has many face lifts. The rest of the house damaged by smoke. Firefighters put holes through out the house checking for hot spots. Walls, ceilings of most of house. Fast forward insurance company had tests done and we have asbestos at all locations. I’m being told that all my belongings in home can be cleaned? Clothes furniture. Everything. This doesn’t sound right. Any info you can share?

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Matt, first, I’m so sorry this has happened to you. Regarding asbestos abatement, if it were me, I’d be okay with having smooth surfaces cleaned. If it was cloth or clothing (and it was outside during demolition) I’m not sure if I’d feel comfortable with those being cleaned. But, that’s just me. Maybe they have a way to strong vacuum the cloth items and then clean. But, that doesn’t address the smoke smell. I heard that’s near impossible to clean.

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  2. […] around the house, I focused on the linoleum floor. It looked like a 1980’s pattern, but I knew from experience that asbestos can hide beneath the flooring in older layers. I made a note to get asbestos samples as soon as I […]

  3. […] crawlspace when the asbestos abatement team put the room under negative pressure. (Yes, they found asbestos while trying to remove the various layers of flooring.) As if that wasn’t enough to deal […]

  4. […] us with a gutted kitchen. After the restoration crew installed the new subfloor (because of the asbestos abatement), I took the ugly bi-fold doors off and fully intending to include the pantry in my complete DIY […]

  5. […] Asbestos removal everything you wanted to know and. Hi brittany! I’ve learned a lot from your water damage post and now your asbestos post. Thank you for taking the time to provide extremely educational and well. […]

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  7. […] pipe freeze and burst is not a disaster I wish to experience. Water leaks, mold, termite damage and asbestos are plenty of experiences for one handy girl. Given my experience with water leaks, I will do […]

  8. […] World Upended, Asbestos Discovery and Removal -All You Ever Wanted to Know About […]

  9. […] Asbestos Removal – Everything You Wanted to Know and … – Hi Brittany! I’ve learned a lot from your water damage post and now your asbestos post. Thank you for taking the time to provide extremely educational and well … […]

  10. […] Asbestos Removal – Everything You Wanted to Know … – Hi Brittany! I’ve learned a lot from your water damage post and now your asbestos post. Thank you for taking the time to provide extremely educational and well … […]

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  13. […] girl, Thanks sharing real life experience. total bummer life changer, exciting kitchen planning .. Asbestos Removal – Pretty Handy GirlFun funky thoughts asbestos! | manhattan nest, Please glue tested. lot times tiles asbestos free – […]

  14. […] IMPORTANT NOTE: If you live in a house that was built around 1978, take several small samples of your ceiling and test it for asbestos before you begin. Eventhough the cutoff date for asbestos in popcorn texture was 1978, the inventory could still be bought from store shelves well into the 1980′s. Do yourself and your family a favor, If you have asbestos popcorn contact a professional who is trained in asbestos removal to handle the job. If you want to learn more, you can read more about our experience with asbestos remediation. […]

  15. […] truly made lemonade out of that big serving of wet, moldy, asbestos and termite damaged […]

  16. […] World Upended, Asbestos Discovery and Removal -All You Ever Wanted to Know About […]

  17. […] just feeling it in my sore muscles.) And, it FEELS GOOD! No more road bumps like termites or asbestos.  I’m sure from this picture you are thinking, “What progress? When the heck is she […]

  18. […] news. But, I broke it to him lightly, “Honey, what is the one home disaster we HAVEN’T had to deal with yet?” He guessed tornado (Shoot, forgot about that one.) “No, Termites! But, the good […]

  19. […] who is trained in asbestos removal to handle the job. If you want to learn more, you can read more about our experience with asbestos remediation. […]

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