Should You Test Popcorn Ceilings for Asbestos?

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MINT HILL, NC – From the 1950s to the 1980s, popcorn ceilings were incredibly popular. This was the time before the dangers of asbestos were well-known across the country.

Since most popcorn ceilings are made of asbestos, it’s necessary to get these ceilings tested, in many cases. In many cases, these ceilings are fine, but it may be a good idea to get them tested if you plan to buy a home or renovate one with popcorn ceilings.

Are Popcorn Ceilings Made with Asbestos Safe?

Asbestos is known as the “sleeping monster” because it has to be disturbed to cause issues. When it’s disturbed, it becomes incredibly dangerous. Those that breathe in asbestos may end up with a deadly disease, such as mesothelioma, usually many years later.

If you have popcorn ceilings in your home, you should look for damage. If there’s damage, it might be time to get a test done or even have them removed by a professional. These ceilings can be disturbed by normal wear and tear, renovations, or natural disasters.

Signs Your Popcorn Ceiling Contains Asbestos

Most asbestos was banned in 1978. When this happened popcorn, ceilings were made with paper fiber instead. However, the asbestos products already made were allowed to be sold. This means popcorn ceilings installed into the mid-1980s could contain asbestos.

Any popcorn ceiling installed prior to 1990 could include asbestos. If this is the case, you want to hire a professional to test and handle your popcorn ceiling. The biggest sign your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos is the timeframe when it was installed. You won’t be able to see it or tell without a test that your ceiling has asbestos in it.

Tips for Handling a Popcorn Ceiling with Asbestos

If you think your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, you should contact a professional to handle the testing of your ceiling. Also, use the following tips:

  • Don’t screw, nail, or tape anything to the ceiling
  • Don’t scrape the ceiling
  • Avoid using bunk beds in rooms with the popcorn ceiling
  • Don’t let any shelving or anything else come in contact with the ceilings
  • Avoid anything being tossed at the ceiling, such as toys or pillows
  • Have your ceiling tested immediately

If you do have asbestos popcorn ceilings, it’s time to get them removed.

When buying an older house, if the house has popcorn ceilings, make sure to have them tested. You want to know if the ceilings contain asbestos before you make the purchase. It’s not always cheap to remove popcorn ceilings with asbestos and it must be done the right way.

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