My house was built in 1934, in Portland, OR. In the kitchen, there are two layers of flooring over wood. Before the thought of asbestos ever came up, I ripped up a small section of the flooring that was underneath the old refrigerator and in really bad shape. The top layer is sheet of some sort, 6 feet wide. It is kinda tan and white with gold glittery speckles. The seams are really bad, coming up a lot and it looks horrible, so I would like to get rid of it. Underneath there I found what liked like it was probably green and white and it was cut into lots of small shapes (say 4"x4"), like some diamond pattern but other shapes too, not a strict diamond floor. It was backed with burlap.
So then a contractor came over to do a bid and mentioned that the basement floor is asbestos (9x9 dark brown tiles), so that got me wondering if any in the kitchen could be also. I really want to just start ripping this stuff up, but I also want to be safe. Should I send in to be tested? What is the likelihood of these floors being okay?
Thank you for any thoughts. :)