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Unread 12-18-2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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not sure if its asbestos

Can anyone out there tell me if tiles 8X8 ceramic from 1990's have asbestos in them? They were installed in the 90's after taking up ceramic tile from 1976, which were the original tiles from when the house was built. Our tile man has now set new tile and cement over the area but should I worry about the airborne materials? A little late I guess?
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Unread 12-18-2007, 12:55 PM   #2
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If you're in the US, then it's highly unlikely, but who knows? Asbestos was banned for a lot of residential uses starting in 1977, and for all new uses in 1989, but I don't know if it was banned in ceramic tile by any of those laws. Throw in the possibility of a foreign manufacturer who disregarded or didn't even know those rules, and ... well, you know the drill.

Lots of useful discussion on asbestos (but not in tile) in a previous thread here
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Silica/concrete dust includes lots of brutal jagged edges at a microscopic level. Even if there isn't asbestos, use a mask if there's any significant dust in the air.

(I'm imagining the reaction from the "old pros" reading this who have been breathing concrete/mud/thinset/grout dust for decades).
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Unread 12-18-2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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You said ceramic, don't know of any asbestos in ceramic.
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Unread 12-18-2007, 01:20 PM   #4
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You'd need to have some old versions of ridgid vinal flooring for it to have a chance of having asbestos. If it is cermic I believe you're in the clear.

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Unread 12-18-2007, 01:23 PM   #5
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I don't think you have anything to worry about. Asbestos is usually associated with older (70s and previous) vinyl, lino and the old adhesives.
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Unread 12-18-2007, 01:30 PM   #6
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Talking thank you

I appreciate all of your information. I am a mom and worry about the kids. What a great place to get informtion. I hope I can help with something soon. I would love to hear any further input!!
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Unread 12-18-2007, 03:53 PM   #7
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Vinyl asbestos tiles were commonly manufactured in 9-inch squares back then.
if it is ceramic it isn't asbestos.
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