As we talked about before in our blog Why Was Asbestos Used in Buildings?, during its heyday, asbestos saw use in many construction materials. It’s material not only saw it in insulation and fireproofing, but also sound dampening and included in materials like concrete for strength. Due to all these reasons, asbestos found its way into spackling and texturing surfaces, the most prominent being ceilings. Today we’re going to look at the dangers of popcorn ceilings containing asbestos and what to do about them.
A Brief History of Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings
These textured ceilings are often found in bedrooms and hallways for its sound dampening properties. It was also often used because it could easily hide imperfections on ceilings. These were popular in the second half of the 20th century, all the way up until the eighties. In 1978, asbestos was banned in ceiling treatments by the EPA’s Clean Air Act of 1978, which lead to a drop off of popularity. However, any existing inventories were allowed to be sold and used in manufacturing, which lead to asbestos-containing ceilings all the way into the 90s.
Dealing with Textured Ceilings
Once you’ve decided to commit to doing something about that popcorn ceiling (or if you’re concerned it may contain asbestos), it’s time to get to work.
- Get your popcorn ceiling tested. If you’re looking at a home or revisiting a ceiling in your own, first get it tested. If there’s no asbestos, it’ll be much cheaper to remove, and if there is asbestos, it is very dangerous to remove.
- Decide whether to seal or remove. Once you’ve got it tested, if it comes back positive you need to decide how to deal with it. You either have to encase it or remove it, both of which have their own perks and downsides.
- Call in the professions. Regardless of which you decide on, you’ll want to call in the professionals. Sealing it in with paint is not an EPA approved method, and removal requires sealing the room to catch all the asbestos fibers. Either way, let specialists help.
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