Asbestos Popcorn Removal Cost + Process
- Drywall (Lowes)
- Plastic Sheeting (Lowes)
William on Apr 04, 2018
Great information. Makes me wonder how many DIY's removed popcorn ceilings, flooring, insulation that actually contained asbestos not knowing they had asbestos and the hazards. I for one. Being a former homebuilder, remodeler, and HVAC owner. My crews removed many popcorn ceilings way before final rules and regulations were enacted. Once the the EPA, OSHA, and other regulators set the laws the EPA permitted encapsulating asbestos products rather than abatement. Eventually we were able to cover popcorn ceilings with 4' X10' 1/4" drywall, which was made for the purpose, rather removal. If flooring containing asbestos was not damaged or disturbed it also could be encapsulated. One of the biggest asbestos hazards was vermiculite which is a mineral. It became a known fact that anywhere vermiculite was mined asbestos was present. Vermiculite was widely used as an insulation in attics, crawl spaces, and walls of older homes.
Zac Builds on Apr 08, 2018
Like William said, great info here. It's a shame asbestos was so widely used in the recent past. Many DIYers are unwittingly exposing themselves to a potentially harmful substance on a regular basis. Someone ought to develop a more rapid testing method, sending samples away to a lab, while extremely reliable, is a little cumbersome and very time consuming.
I'm afraid many people just take the risk a lot of the time because they are impatient.
Be safe out there people, no DIY project is worth your health.