Occasionally we are questioned about basement flooring. Just the other day at a home inspection in Glencoe, Illinois the asbestos question came up. My client was concerned about the possibilities of asbestos flooring in the basement of her perspective home. Generally, we can identify if a floor is made of asbestos visually but the proper way is to send it to a lab for analysis.
On arrival to the home inspection in Glencoe, I noticed that the home was a tri-level from the early 50′s. The siding was made of brick and aluminum. I looked at the siding material because there were companies that use to use products that contained asbestos in them for manufacturing of siding.
I began my inspection on the inside of the home with no out of the ordinary surprises to speak of. Again, this was a traditional built tri-level from the 1950′s. The structure of the home inspection in Glencoe was in superior condition. Generally these type of homes have been modified or upgraded. In this instance, it was like I was in a time warp back in the 50′s. This is great for the new buyers because it is a blank slate to design the home with your own style.
When I entered the basement of the home inspection in Glencoe I noted that the flooring was set up like a shuffle board court. The tiles were made of vinyl and were 9″*9″. These are the traditional signs that the flooring is made of asbestos material. On further review ,I concluded that is was made of asbestos.
The good news is that the flooring was in great shape. Like I said the home was in a time warp. The flooring was not chipped or peeling up anywhere.
My suggestion was to leave it alone. Asbestos flooring is only a threat if it has been disturbed or has portions that have been removed. Generally this type of tile was used up to the 1980′s. There are many types of asbestos flooring that was used from the 1920-1980′s in homes , commercial and industrial buildings.
If you own a home or are buying a home that you think might have asbestos, please contact us for assistance at– www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com Jim Kolke