So I just started my first commercial job out on my own. We are renovating a coffee shop in Pittsburgh. The shop had a raised floor consisting of 2×6 joists landing on doubled sleepers laying across the orginal joists. We took up a good portion of this raised floor, and found asbestos floor tiles on the orignal floor, which seemed to be in good condition, and well adhered. On advice of the architect, we took up the rest of the raised floor. Our plan was to lay down plywood over the existing asbestos tile so as not to disturb it. We found significant water damage under the area where the coffee bar was, when we pulled up the raised floor, we noticed alot of the asbestos tile had loosened it self, and some peices were broken. In that area, the original sublfoor is in really rough shape, and I wouldn’t feel good at all about covering it up without repairing it. But that would mean disturbing alot, or all of the tile.
I dont intend to remove any of the tiles myself. But I am really just worried about liability at this point. I’m waiting on some phone calls from the health department to see what my next step is, but I’m wondering if anyone here has found themselves in a similar situation. If so, what did you do about it?