Have a house, built 1958. Subflooring in basement rotted, from boiler leak. Original tiling in bathroom and finished rec room lifted up, chipped, splintered in several areas. A rug from the previous owners was put down to hide this problem, we ripped it up last year, that is when damage was discovered. A relative, not knowing about asbestos tiling, chipped more tiled areas away and replaced some parts with new plywood. I vaccumed up splintered tiles a few weeks ago. Had NO clue about asbestos in tiles, or the cut back until I did a search about 50's floor tiling a week ago. So basically, now left with this HUGE problem and have no idea how to fix it. Cost is a huge issue. Abatement sounds very scarey. The areas right now are covered either with plywood, rugs or odds of vinyl flooring. I've called one contractor for an estimate, explained problem, he didn't seem to eager for the job but said he'd come in later in the week to give an estimate. I called HDepot as we were planning to not disturb it anymore and lay plywood down, and was told we could use a respirator to clean up tile and to keep us safe, but then read a respirator is NOT effective. I also realize that there are laws governing proper removal of asbestos (I'm in Ontario).
Is the best thing to do to not touch any more damage and just get new plywood laid on top of damaged tiles and then put a rug down??? Or, do we get the whole thing ripped out???? I realize the exposure to this is serious, my entire family throughout the years has been exposed to this everytime they were in the house. I understand that *most* health problems have been linked to repeated, prolonged exposure....I am also wondering if the cut back glue, which is black, once saturated with water, would release harmful odours into the air??? There has been a smell down there, that we attributed to "basement smell" for years, but now I'm wondering if it is the glue.....We would like to eventually sell the house....Please advise.