How to Deal with Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

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Popcorn ceiling, also known as cottage cheese ceiling, was a popular ceiling treatment for houses from the 1950s to 1980s. This type of ceiling treatment may contain asbestos, which makes it potentially dangerous. Do you have asbestos in popcorn ceilings? If you do, don’t worry. There are several ways you can do about it.

Skim Coating

You can skim coat to deal with asbestos in popcorn ceilings. Skim coating is done by cleaning and prepping the ceilings with drywall mud, followed by applying bonding agent and finished by applying a finishing compound. While the skim coating is easy and you can do it yourself, you need to be careful since it may add more weight than your ceiling can handle. So, before doing this, you may want to ask some advice from a contractor beforehand.


Drywall Covering

Another way to handle asbestos in popcorn ceilings is to cover them with drywall. You can do it by attaching gypsum board to your ceiling. Then, screw it properly into the framing. If you want a seamless job for drywall covering you will need proper mudding and taping. Drywall covering “traps” and prevents asbestos spreading into the air. If it is done properly, you can even get the smoothest possible finish as well.

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Last but not least, you can deal with asbestos in the ceilings by scraping the ceilings. This is probably the least expensive alternative if it is done in the DIY way. Moreover, it can be done by one person as well. The problem is, it must be done very carefully. Remember, asbestos is dangerous when its fibers are spread into the air. We don’t recommend you do this by yourself. If you must do scrape your ceiling, your best option is to have a professional asbestos abatement company do it for you. This way, you won’t need to expose yourself and your family to the danger of asbestos.


When Is Asbestos in Your Ceilings Dangerous?

Asbestos and asbestos-containing products such as popcorn ceilings do not pose danger provided that they are undisturbed and intact. So, if your popcorn ceilings are undisturbed and intact, you can leave them alone. That said, the fibers of asbestos in the ceilings may come off over time. This is when the popcorn ceilings pose a health danger to you and your family. Here are some precautions you can take.

  • If you must put your furniture below the ceiling, make sure there is a space in-between the ceiling and the furniture (at least one foot). Also, don’t use bunk bed where the popcorn ceilings are present. This is to avoid accidentally disturbing the ceiling.
  • When you move furniture in the room, avoid touching the ceiling.
  • Don’t remodel your popcorn ceilings. In general, remodeling ceilings involves taping, pinning, nailing items to the ceiling, sanding, sawing and drilling the ceilings. These are things you should not do. Why? Because they disturb the ceilings, creating dust and releasing the dangerous asbestos fibers in the air.
  • Don’t impact it.

These are the ways you can deal with asbestos in popcorn ceilings. Which one should you do? Well, that is up to you. Each homeowner’s situation is different and it requires different way. We hope this article gives you an insight on how to deal with asbestos in your ceilings.





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