Plans for Removing a Popcorn Ceiling – Check for Asbestos First
By Mark J. Donovan
|If you are thinking about removing the popcorn ceiling in your home it is important that you first make sure that there is no asbestos in the popcorn ceiling material. Asbestos has been proven to be a major cause of lung cancer.
Popcorn Ceiling and use of Asbestos History
Popcorn ceilings became the rage in the late 1950s and were installed in many homes up through the late 1970s. Popcorn ceilings were popular with builders because they could be sprayed on fast and could cover flaws on the drywall ceiling. Up until 1978, asbestos was frequently used as a binder material in the popcorn ceiling mixture.
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.
They also usually have unique instructions for labeling the containers. You may also be able to have them visit your home and take the samples for you.
To test if your popcorn ceilings have asbestos in them, and you want to take the samples yourself, use a spray bottle and first spray a few small areas around your popcorn ceiling with a water/detergent mixture.
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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