Popcorn ceilings, also known as cottage cheese ceilings or stucco ceilings, are hazardous to you and your families health. These type of ceilings were popular in homes from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Eventually, popcorn ceilings were banned by The Clean Air Act of 1978 due to the amount of asbestos in them.
Do all popcorn ceilings have asbestos?
To find out if your ceiling contains asbestos you can test it yourself. With the kit, you can send you samples a lab, but the safest way to find out if your ceilings contain asbestos is to hire a professional.
With the kits, you have to spray the ceiling with water and scrape two to three areas and contain it in a baggie. Doing this yourself can make the asbestos become airborne and it can then be inhaled. This is why a professional is recommended.
If the ceiling in your home is healthy and has a coat of paint, there is a high chance the asbestos has been sealed in. If there is an area that appears to be damaged, calling ABC Contracting to test it for you is the safest choice.
DIY Removal Or Professional Help?
Removing popcorn ceiling is a physically demanding job and can be highly dangerous. To remove it you will need a respirator, protective clothing such as a Tyvek suit, and eye protection. You also have to be sure to dispose of the ceiling properly and take it to a waste disposal site. When working on the ceiling it can be very difficult since you are working above your head. Not only is that physically straining, but you also need to be aware of wiring and electrical outlets when using water to wet the ceiling. Removing popcorn ceiling yourself is a demanding job overall.
This is why ABC Contracting recommends leaving this sort of job to professionals. This sort of job isn’t fit for a DIYer due to the physical demands and the health risks. For help testing your home or removing asbestos, give ABC Contracting a call today at (314) 582-3611!