There has to _be_ a problem first and there isn't/wasn't any problem
here except the one you dreamed up out of your apparently inflated
fearful imagination or from you desire to spread FUD and mostly
Well, again, you've taken a basic tenet and turned it into a tale of
unmitigated woe, Haller...
The risks (and therefore mitigation requirements and need for licensed
contractors, etc.) are _HIGHLY_ dependent upon the form in which the
asbestos is present. The risk from asbestos exposure is virtually all
in the friable, airborne particles that come from such applications as
the insulation products or the very fine dust that accumulated from,
say, brake linings that were airborne when using an air gun to clean
drums during replacements.
Vinyl/asbestos floor tile and the like are essentially non-friable
products and have very little dust-making propensity even when broken in
removal unless one goes out of one's way to create such dust.
So, while it probably is worthwhile to note the tiles were removed, it
surely isn't anything at all likely that any future buyer has any real
actionable cause even if not assuming even a modicum of care and cleanup
was taken in their removal. The chances of any inspection uncovering
asbestos in a friable, dangerous condition would be near zero unless the
tiles were deliberately ground to a powder and spread around. You might
as well claim they need to rewire and replace every panel box on general
It's a big IF as to whether a state would require it to be
disclosed at time of sale. AFAIK, in most places
it's legal for a homeowner to remove their own floor tile that
contains asbestos. I can show you states that outline the
procedure, etc. Assuming you do it and follow the guidelines,
unless the state you happen to be living in specifically requires
disclosure of such removal when you go to sell, then you have
nothing to disclose. There may be some states that do
require it to be disclosed, but I don't believe it's the general
$$$ out of what account? They can't access any accounts
you have unless they sue you, win and you don't pay. And
when suing, they have some substantial burdens to overcome.
And even after that, they have to prove actual damages as a result.
They can't demand a pro clean-up if there is no law that
says a homeowner can't do it themselves, there is no
contamination, etc. Now if they do testing and find
contamination, then they have grounds to proceed.
and environmental tests, imagine if
Having a bad sewer line that you know about and fail to
disclose is an entirely different ballgame. In that case, there
is an existing problem. In the case of the tile, if you are
permitted to remove it yourself, do so, and are unaware of
any problem, then you have no existing problem.
Even cheaper is a scraper blade for your reciprocating saw, about ten bucks.
It's available at the box store and can be re-sharpened.
Here's a bucket-load of them;
But is it legal for a DIY asbestos tile removal project? All the
publications I've read on it say that such tile may only be removed
using manual tools. Power tools are not allowed. This one in
particular looks iffy because it uses air, and you don't want to be
blowing asbestos-laced dust about.
Dick be aware of; that some communities have very strict laws about
any material that has asbestos in it, before you start removal job
fines can be very high get some information how to get read of tiles first.
On the other hand, if you call attention to yourself - by inquiring or
requesting a permit - you will come under scrutiny by your betters.
No, best to dig up the tiles, put them in a trash bag, and leave them in a
schoolyard during the dark of the moon. Tell no one.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.