We are doing what started as a small remodel to our 1940's kitchen. The counter and backsplash were a laminate that I'm guessing were original to the home. Our plan had been to keep the backsplash and just tile over it so we wouldnt have to mess with it but late last night we were installing our new countertop and couldn't get them straight/level because the backsplash was sticking out so we decided to rip it off. Under the back splash was a black, rubber material and before I could tell my husband not to touch it, he had start ripping into it, under the rubber material there was a brown adhesive. I did a little research and it sounds like any adhesive from the 40s probably contains asbestos. Any one have any idea what the black rubber material is? it was semi- stuck to the wall but not difficult to remove. Do we need to call professionals to clean up what we haven't already?

We know better, I can only blame exhaustion for this one....