We just moved into a house that was built in 1969. In the corner of
the basement is 12 boxes of old ceiling tiles. I want to throw them
out, but one of my friends mentioned that they might be asbestos
tiles. I can only find the following markings on the box....
3/4 x 167 /8 x381 /8
10 pcs. 44.7 sq. ft.
Does anyone know who makes these tiles and what the chance of them
containing asbestos is? Or do I need to call in some professionals to
test them before I break them up?
The cheapest way to approach this "possible" problem is to copy down all the
data from the box and take it to a local health and enviornmental agency and
ask them to help you id the manufacturer.. If you can track down the
manufacturer, you should be able to find out what is in the tile..
If the info comes back positive for asbestos content, then you will have to
pay someone to come in and bag it up.. Not a big deal, don't let them make a
big deal out of it.. If you let government agencies get involved, they will
try to make a big deal out of something that isn't..
If this tile is positive for asbestos, it will be non-frieable.. In other
words, the is no hazard unless the material is broken up where the asbestos
can be released. Since it is all contained in it's original boxes, then the
handling will be very simple and shouldn't cost more than a couple hundred
buck for the disposal..
Just a thought; You may have some recourse with the person who you purchased
the house from.. They may have some responsibility, especially if it's going
to be very expensive to dispose of it..
Also you may want to look around the house and see if any of this tile was
installed someplace.. Not a big deal now as long as you don't have to
disturb it, but later you may have to pay someone to remove it if you do a
If you live in a small community, the local fire department would be your
first point of contact for information and assistance, but like a say, don't
let some 'good intentioned' civil servant make a big deal out something that
can be handle as simple hazardous waste.
Remember there are just as dangerous stuff under you kitchen sink.. There
are simple ways to dispose of that also..
I'd leave 'em in a schoolyard at night.
You get anybody else involved and you risk having your house condemned and
you and everybody you ever knew sued. The emotional fury raised by asbestos
is incredible even though no harm has ever been shown to come from
asbestos-containing products (even brake pads!). Goddamn tort lawyers!
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