I came to this site to get some electrical info, but started reading some of the other posts. Now I believe the tile I removed recently probably contained asbestos and I'm a little freaked out.
I recently purchased my house which was built in 1959. I bought it from the original owner (she was in her late 80s and the house was in need of many updates). I had contractors do some of the work, but I decided my first diy project would be to tackle the butterfly wallpaper covered 1/2 bath with the tan carpet. Underneath the carpet, there were vinyl tiles, they were larger than the 8x8 ceramic ones I installed, so I'd say they were probably 9x9. I removed the first few by tapping a screw driver with a hammer under the edge, but after the first ones, I could retire the hammer and they just popped up with a dig and twist of the screwdriver. I placed them in a contractor trash bag and put them out on garbage day. Underneath them was a black adhesive that I tried to get up with adhesive remover, but the it became a tar-like substance that was going to take me forever to remove. I called Home Depot and asked about it and was told that it would be virtually impossible to remove and that I could just apply the mortar over it. I was glad to hear that, so that's what I did.
Now after reading some of the posts here, I fear that both the tiles and the adhesive may have contained asbestos which both myself and my daughter would have been exposed to (she didn't do any of the work, but came in periodically to check my progress). Then to top it all off, I'm sure if they did contain asbestos, I was NOT supposed to put them out for trash pickup.
Is the risk only present while doing the work, or should I be concerned that I've now possibly released asbestos into air in the house? What, if anything can I/should I do at this point?