Popcorn ceiling through house built in 1976

I don't know whether we need to contact someone before removal. How would we find someone to check about possible asbestosis?
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  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 22, 2015
    get a kit from a big box store. Collect your sample according to directions and wait for results. Anything pre1978 should be checked. You can read up on this at greenhomeguide.com
  • Mar2192240 Mar2192240 on Nov 22, 2015
    I have popcorn ceilings and for I was told houses built after 1970 are asbestos free. here in Texas.
    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 23, 2015
      Hi Marthayounger, this does not guarantee that the builder did not stock up on the old stuff to use because it was cheaper.
  • Theresa Theresa on Nov 22, 2015
    Popcorn ceiling is a painting technique NOT a material paint d over. Asbestosis is an insulation not paint. Popcorn ceiling is a cheap way to cover a ceiling. They take sheet rock mud put it in a spray hopper and spray and when it dries they pain over it. Now... It is used many time to cover up water stains, holes and other damage. No need to spend hundreds of dollars for a test you do not need. Also no asbestosis was used in a house after 1973 when it was made illegal.
  • Cookie Kenney Cookie Kenney on Nov 22, 2015
    I can only offer apologies and concur the design is a rousing 'ewwww' sorry!
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Nov 22, 2015
    No matter when the pop corn was put on it is a health hazard. It degrades and drops into your home and you breath that dust. Simple test to show you; wet your finger and run it across the door header molding. finger is whitish grey, that is from the pop corn ceiling. Removal is simple if it has not been painted, a little harder if it was.. Procedure is: 1st buy painters plastic,10ft wide & 2" masking tape, you will need a garden sprayer, make sure it is cleaned out, a 4' & 12' spatula (used t tape / plaster with), remove furniture from room, lay plastic on floor over lapping as needed, using 2" masking tape, adhere to wall @6 results are available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate.ceiling
  • Nadine Connors Nadine Connors on Nov 22, 2015
    I sent a sample of my popcorn ceiling to a lab for testing (found the address online). They email the results. Mine did contain 5% asbestos. House was built in 1969/70.
    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 24, 2015
      Hi Nadine. You were smart to do so! I copied and pasted from the gov. Website about asbestos being used through and sold up to 1980. And I'd bet it was used after as well. So not worth the risk. Popcorn or your life....? Good move on your part girl!
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Nov 22, 2015
    Continued... adhere to wall at ceiling, adhering only top 1/2 along total perimeter , next open plastic and adhere edge to tape at ceiling//wall allowing balance of plastic to fall to floor, incasing the total room. next fill garden sprayer w/ hot water and add a little( little) dish soap , spay ceiling, allow it to soak in, and scrap, it should if not painted fall off in sheets, if painted you will have to use more muscle, wear a simple dust mask, once completed, pull plastic from walls, throwing to center of room, then roll floor up and drag out of house, be carefull or the mess will be throughout the house, let dry in sun to reduce weight, and trash . Asbestos all depends on year of house, but the law allowed what stock suppliers had to use, so you could add 2 years. also then they added other fibers to add strength, which also are a health hazard. just remove it. in a wet form, you do not have the dust,and that is where you have the problem. hope that helped you make your decision & gave you a way to do it yourself.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Nov 22, 2015
    I've seen blogs where they put down a tarp, moisten the ceiling and just scrap it off. Looks messy but easy - though working with your arms up over your head is tiring. Try google and see what you get.
  • Cheryl Gyles Cheryl Gyles on Nov 22, 2015
    I'm sure you probably have neighbors with the same problem, you might ask a few of them what they have done.I have the same problem, but have kept mine...just painted over when needed. There may be companies listed in the yellow pages, or a contractor willing to offer a referral.
  • Jacque Jacque on Nov 22, 2015
    I would tape flimsy clear plastic paint cover to protect the walls then spray ceiling with water and scrape and have fun put on the radio on and be in your own world
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Nov 22, 2015
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 23, 2015
    In early formulations it often contained white asbestos fibers. When asbestos was banned in ceiling treatments by the Clean Air Act of 1978 in the United States,[1] popcorn ceilings fell out of favor in much of the country. However, in order to minimize economic hardship to suppliers and installers, existing inventories of asbestos-bearing texturing materials were exempt from the ban, so it is possible to find asbestos in popcorn ceilings that were applied through the 1980s. After the ban, popcorn ceiling materials were created using a paper-based or Styrofoam product to create the texture, rather than asbestos. Textured ceilings remain common in residential construction in the Upper Midwest of the United States.
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    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 24, 2015
      The excerpt above is taken straight from the government regulatory statutes. I cut and pasted it. It was written in, as it says, 1979. The most important part for this question is the year her home was built. In 1979. Old supplies were still used up and as stated, were continued being applied through the 1980's. M Sharon Cardamone's home is in South Carolina. I don't know much about your area, but am pretty up to date on the southeast. And I'm pretty sure if her's were tested, it would be positive. But I agree that new construction does use the new formulation. By new I mean last 5-7 years of builds.
  • April Rogge April Rogge on Nov 23, 2015
    I don't normally post but since this is something I do for a living I will tell you it's way easier than you think. You will need to move small furniture out of you way, it makes clean up easier. Things you will need ladder, box of .3ml plastic, 6 to 8 inch sheetrock mud knife, garden sprayer and take. Cover anything left in the room with plastic including the floor, fill the garden sprayer with water about half way so its not too heavy, spay the ceiling with a thin layer of water you should see the texture start turning gray, once the whole ceiling is sprayed and turned some what gray use the sheetrock knife to scrap it off. It may require more what in some spots than others. You should also know there are two sides to the knife, if you look down the edge its beveled use the side that keeps the end points away from the ceiling or you will have some deep scratches in the ceiling and means you'll have to repair more than you want to. Hope this helps, good luck.
    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 24, 2015
      That's how I did all of mine. Great advice. I might also add that I paint while still damp. It's so much easier to roll it on. Also, keeping everything damp on top of tarps will cut airborne particles at a minimum.
  • Annadele Annadele on Nov 24, 2015
    I agree with April and other who encourage you to go for it. I removed popcorn ceilings from our 1840 sq. ft. house - and I'm no spring chicken!! It is very rewarding to uncover the smooth ceiling under all that mess. Just a note of caution, however. Try not to get the corners at the ceiling and walls too wet, because if there is tape and it gets wet and comes loose, you'll have to patch that, which I did not like to do at all! The only tool I used for the entire house was a good quality 5" metal scraper. Only gouges in one ceiling that had to be repaired is when my husband "helped" me. It takes patience and surface prep (water) rather than brute strength to remove popcorn. So, easy does it. And if you are concerned about asbestos, I believe this can help: http://www.city-data.com/forum/house/1751115-asbestos-popcorn-ceiling-3.html. Even if there is asbestos, it is minimal, and you can still do it yourself with no harm. And there are always test kits you can buy at the big box home stores if you are still concerned. Good luck.
  • CK CK on Nov 24, 2015
    My friend did her own popcorn ceiling removal too. She said it was tedious but not impossible. Messy yes but it was worth it for her because they do most of their winter heating with wood stove so there is always some soot that needs to be cleaned off the ceiling which was near impossible with the popcorn ceiling.
  • Doni Doni on Nov 28, 2015
    I also removed the popcorn ceiling in my house. I actually found a tool that was made to remove the popcorn. It is a 16 in rectangle with a place to insert a broom handle. small trash bags clip to the rectangle and all you do is pre wet sections then scrap and the popcorn falls into the bag and you toss it away and get another small bag and continue on till your done. I dont remember where I bought it or what it is called but I still have it.
  • Todd Todd on Nov 29, 2015
    You should b carefull. Asbestos is most dangerous as a airborn material. If you have any doubts do some research. But when it comes to popcorn or caustic ceilings latter days can be removed with a water spray bottle and 12 in drywall knife or blade witch ever.dampen with water let soften scrap n proceed to make a big mess. Tip.don't step on wet removed accustom texture. Please excuse my spelling
  • Mary Beth Carrier Mary Beth Carrier on Nov 30, 2015
    Just wanted to answer your original question – they sell asbestos testing at most big box stores. They are pretty simple to use and give you the answers very quickly.