I think my bathroom floor tile contains asbestos. Can I tile over it without causing a danger to my health? – Jackie

Hi Jackie,

As long as you’re okay with the increased height of the finished floor, and you don’t disturb the existing asbestos-contaminated floor tile, you’re perfectly safe covering over the tile with new flooring. In fact, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has made it quite clear that encapsulating old asbestos tile is both safe and acceptable.

If you do disturb or remove the existing asbestos floor tile, however, you need to have a certified asbestos removal company conduct the work to keep from causing a health hazard and spreading asbestos fibers throughout your home.

Good luck with your project,


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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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