Asbestos is a dangerous material that can cause cancer. This material was banned in the 1970s, but houses built before that date can still have asbestos floor tiles. You must hire professionals to test for and remove asbestos, as it is a highly dangerous substance, especially when it is in the form of dust that can be inhaled through the lungs. If you suspect that there are asbestos tiles in your home, look for these warning signs and then contact a professional for testing and a specialized company to remove it from your home.
Take into consideration the age of your house. If it was built between 1900 and 1970, you may have asbestos floor tiles. It is likely to be found in insulating materials, roof tiles and floors. The houses built between 1930 and 1950 have the greatest risk of containing asbestos.
Look for signs of tile wear. Tiles in good condition have a low risk of contamination by asbestos, but if you notice tiles that are broken and emit a substance with the consistency of dust, call a professional to remove them immediately. Take the size of the tiles into consideration and measure them. Asbestos floor tiles used to measure 9 by 9 inches. If you notice that your tiles are that size, you should suspect that they contain asbestos.