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Would 40 year old linoleum contain asbestos?

We are tearing up hardwood flooring that was put over sheet linoleum. The linoleum is 40 years old. Would the linoleum contain asbestos? Is it safe to continue tearing up the hardwood?

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It's possible. There are asbestos labs all over the U.S. where you can send a sample to get tested.

If it's positive for asbestos, you can just leave it alone... maybe cover it will a special "glue." If the linoleum is broken, loose, or coming apart, you need to have it removed.

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The backing to the linoleum might contain asbestos. So long as you leave the linoleum in place and don't rip it out, you should be OK.

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I don't think your linoleum contains asbestos as it was made a long time ago. You should be concerned by houses made 20 years to present, since they are most likely to contain asbestos. However, you should use a respirator mask for safety precaution.

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They outlawed the use of asbestos in the '80's and it was prevalent in many places in homes from the 50'-70's.
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It is possible. You can tear up the hard wood and then put down whatever you are replacing it with over the linoleum.

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