By Mark J. Donovan
Fortunately, in 1978, asbestos was banned in home building materials, including
popcorn ceiling mixtures.
Though not all popcorn ceilings were
installed containing asbestos, many were. If your home was built prior to 1979
there is a very likely chance that your popcorn ceilings could contain asbestos.
For your family’s safety it is important that you check for asbestos before
removing your popcorn ceiling.
Asbestos Prior to Removing Popcorn Ceiling
So prior scraping off and removing your popcorn
ceilings you should send a few samples off to a lab that can determine if your
popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. You can find testing labs and businesses that
will check for asbestos in either your local phone book or on the internet.
Next, using a putty knife scrape off
a small section (2” x 2” area) in each area that you sprayed. Put each sample in
the container provided by the asbestos testing lab, or a small air tight
container, and send it to the lab for testing.
the samples come back positive hire a licensed
asbestos abatement contractor to remove your
popcorn ceiling. If they are negative you can
continue on with your own plans to remove the
popcorn ceiling yourself.
The cost for testing your popcorn
ceiling samples is relatively inexpensive and well worth the investment if you
value your family’s health.
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