Tiling an old house? Test before lifting linoleum

Lino flooring has a high content of asbestos in the mill board it can also be in the glue this is a class A product and should be removed with a 4 stage clearance decontamination unit and negative pressure air unit

AWM Ltd is able to provide the service as we are class A certified.

You probably already know that many Kiwi homes contain asbestos in roofs and walls. But you might not realise there's another place in the home where asbestos is commonly found: right under your feet.

Asbestos was used in various types of floor covering, especially from the 1960s to the 1980s. The most common use of asbestos was in the lining for vinyl sheets and floor tiles (also known as "lino" or "linoleum"). Asbestos was used to make the lino more durable.

Asbestos is also sometimes found in carpet underlay, which was often made from hessian bags that had been used to transport asbestos.

Asbestos in lino is a particular concern for a number of reasons:

1. It couldn't be more highly concentrated: the lining is 100% chrysotile asbestos.
2. It's easy to accidentally breathe in: the action of ripping up lino releases asbestos fibres into the air.
3. Because ripping up lino is easy and feels satisfying, home renovators will often do it themselves, without considering the risks of asbestos.

Just remember: tempting as it might be to just start ripping up that grotty old lino, a little bit of patience can protect your family from a potentially big risk.

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