A family member is considering purchasing a house, built in the Midwestern United States in 1958. In the basement, there are nine inch ceiling tiles on the ceiling. The home inspection mentioned that it cannot confirm that these tiles are not asbestos.
I've received four pieces of advice:
- "Just remove it yourself."
- "Hang drywall underneath the tiles and seal it up."
- "Professional removal is the only way to go."
- "Take a sample and send it in to a laboratory."
I suspect the tiles do have some asbestos content. Some of the advice sounds reasonable enough (especially 2, 3, and 4)... looking for guidance.
What's the best approach in this situation?
EDIT: Thanks all for the helpful advice. We had it tested, and it turns out not to be asbestos.