“the estate agent suggested we just take up the tiles and store them outside – because we can move them if we don’t break them up right?”

The homeowner should have been told;

“You can’t tell if tiles contain asbestos just by looking at them, so you should have them tested in order to stay safe and ensure you comply with HSE Hazardous Waste Regulations”. 

We at bSure Testing Ltd, are regularly confronted with statements that are inaccurate, sometimes obviously so. Unfortunately, people can be influenced by and rely upon inaccurate information, especially if that information comes from someone, they see to be a trusted expert, and when that information suits their immediate needs.

In this scenario what happens to this unsuspecting homeowner when the tiles start to break up on removal?  What happens if they continue as advised and dispose of the tiles along with other waste?

If the tiles DO NOT contain asbestos, disposing of them will be simple. However, should the tiles (and/or adhesive) contain asbestos, you will need to seek advise and dispose of them in the correct manner.

So, how do you dispose of floor tiles if they contain asbestos? Can I lift them and remove them myself? Where do they go?

If in good condition and unlikely to get damaged, it is often best to leave it where it is. Slightly damaged materials that contain asbestos can sometimes be repaired by sealing or enclosing them. The use of trained professionals to repair or remove materials that contain asbestos is encouraged.

You also need to bear in mind that asbestos tile removal is a sensitive procedure that requires a great deal of care and professionalism to be carried out as safely as possible. You will also need to use certain tools and equipment to do the job properly. Hence, it is always best (and we advise) to leave such a task to a professional team who will have the required tools, equipment, training and expertise to do this.