Giving your home a fresh often leads to ceramic tile removal. But, be careful: removing tile, stone, or Saltillo flooring may be hazardous to your health if done incorrectly. Blame the dangers in ceramic tile removal on Mother Nature.
Clay and earth-based minerals used in manufacturing ceramic tiles carry silica. Removing tiles then creates crystalline silica dust–a potential respiratory hazard. That’s because removing tile or stone flooring involves chipping away tile and thin set binding them to the concrete sub floor.
Ceramic tile removal stirs dust
Contractors typically perform ceramic tile removal using a jack hammer or chipping hammer. These tools scrape away the concrete-based thin set. The process creates static which causes dust to rise into your ceilings and walls. Once this dust enters your HVAC system, it recirculates, repeating the exposure to this dangerous dust.
The result is a re-appearing coating of crystalline silica dust in your home. This exposes your family and pets to the effects of this hazardous airborne dust.
Dusty danger of ceramic tile removal
Every square foot of tile demolished releases up to a pound of dust containing crystalline silica into the air. In fact, The Ceramic Tile Institute of America warns some imported ceramic tiles contain lead. That means cutting or removing tiles can potentially release lead into the air.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says crystalline silica is a human lung carcinogen. Some people may have a skin reaction to contact with ceramic dust, developing itching, redness or a rash. Prolonged inhalation causes a respiratory disease called Silicosis.
Even confining the dust with plastic does not create an air-tight seal. What’s worse, when removing the plastic, settled dust again becomes airborne.
Dust free ceramic tile removal
Catching it at the source is the best prevention. That’s exactly what’s accomplished with the dust-free approach. Using powerful vacuums and specially designed tools, our HomeShow Pro, Cutting Edge Tile Removal, performs ceramic tile removal without spreading dust.
This approach carries an added benefit. Instead of using a traditional scraper tool, which cuts grooves into the floor, their tools leave surfaces better prepared for your new floor’s installation.
Know when to go with a pro
While there are many projects you can take on around your home, this isn’t one of them. Ceramic tile removal is best left to professionals.