Cover damaged asbestos sheet flooring or remove it?
I am working on a repair project. My clients had a pipe burst causing damage to a wall, ceiling and floor in their living room. Currently, the room is carpeted. Under the carpet (adhered directly to the beautiful 1 1/2″ original oak flooring) someone laid sheet vinyl. We wondered if this 60’s era vinyl might contain asbestos and had it tested – the backing does contain asbestos. Our option seem to be: 1. Have a certified asbestos removal company remove the entire floor (oak and all) and start from scratch or 2. Have a certified company install a new substrate over the vinyl and re-floor the area. Given the vinyl is already damaged (currently covered, but cracked and flaking after the flooding), I am hesitant to recover it. Has anyone had experience with a similar situation? Any recommendations?
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