Home renovation - worried about asbestos and lead (after the fact ...)
June 25, 2014 1:39 AM Subscribe
Well, I'm feeling quite stupid now because my partner and I just redid the floors and walls of our new apartment, a building that was built in the 1970s, and I am just now thinking of the possible hazards that didn't cross my mind before
we did all the renovation work (yes, stupid, I know). How worried should I be? More details inside.
posted by Blissful to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
These are military lodgings so there are a lot of traffic in and out of them as most people only stay for a few years, therefore a lot of renovations as everyone redoes them to his/her taste (i.e. there is really no one keeping track of who does what in the apartments, such as whether the previous occupant decided to use paint with lead, etc.).
We found out after we had down the renovations that the original floors were vinyl-asbestos tiles (the thought never even crossed my mind). Some of the tiles were chipped and cracked. We vacuumed the tile, wiped them down with a wet sponged and then covered them with a new flooring once they were dry. In the bedroom and living room they were covered with a floating wood floor and in the entry way with PVC floor tiles. From the research I've done it seems like there shouldn't be too much to worry about here, but I am still feeling a little uneasy about it.
However, this makes me wonder if there could have also been hazardous materials in the plaster/stucco interior walls, such as asbestos or lead in the paint. My partner sanded them down so if there were, we breathed in a lot of whatever was in there. We wore dust masks, but only the basic level of protection so it would not have filtered out any toxins. And then clean up wise, we vacuums and then wiped down with sponges/cloths (and yes, now I now that vacuuming up all the dust may not have been a good idea as it spreads it in the air!). Again, how worried should I be about this?