What to do? Re. asbestos glue on old wood floor
Hi, all. I normally post on the kitchens board, but came across this issue tonight.
As part of our kitchen demo, we're getting flooring with asbestos professionally abated (vinyl with asbestos paper layer and a layer of asbestos tiles). We were planning to put wood floors on top of subfloor.
Tonight, we pulled off a few loose asbestos tiles to make sure it was subfloor underneath before ordering the wood flooring. (The tiles were completely loose. Nothing friable. Double bagged the tiles). Underneath we found what looks like oak flooring. Initially, we were thrilled. But then we realized the black tarry glue probably has asbestos.
What to do?
1. Have the abatement company remove the wood layer as well and just put in new wood? This is probably the safest option, but the preservationist in me mourns the loss of the old wood floor.
2. Have the abatement company remove the other layers as planned. Then carefully scrape off the glue ourselves, wetting it first with steam?
3. See if the abatement company will carefully remove the glue as well without damaging the wood? We'll check with the abatement company, but this sounds expensive. Probably as expensive or more than option #1. We were planning on installing the new wood ourselves.
Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks!