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Asbestos Popcorn Ceilings: Are They Safe?

Asbestos is often found in cement products, textured coatings, tiles, textiles, and composites, as well as in sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and columns.

Therefore, asbestos is commonly found in popcorn ceilings. This material was widely used from the mid-20th century until the mid-1980s. In general, any type of building constructed in the last century can contain asbestos. The real danger of this material occurs when the surface containing asbestos is damaged. If the material is solid and in good condition, the environment is considered safe for humans.

However, if the material is damaged the asbestos fibers are mixed in the air and people can inhale them. For this reason, it is very important to follow the asbestos safety procedures to avoid contamination when you are considering removing your popcorn roof. The texture is most likely saturated with dangerous asbestos. Although the manufacture of the asbestos texture of the popcorn roof was banned in 1978, it is still legal to install it. The only way to ensure that your roof is asbestos free is to test it in a laboratory.

Places where there may be asbestos in the home:

•    Insulation around pipes, stoves and ovens environment heaters (the most frequent places)

•    Insulation on walls and ceilings, such as sprayed or brushed insulating materials or vermiculite for attics

•    Compounds for patching and for resurfacing and textured paint

•    Covers for roofs and exterior walls

•    Antique tiles for floors/floors

How to know if your home contains asbestos:

Check appliances and other household products by examining their labels or invoices where they have the product name, model number and year of manufacture. If this information is available, the manufacturer can provide you with information about the asbestos content.

Check the construction materials. A professional in charge of asbestos-related matters with similar training to personnel hired by school districts. This person can inspect your home to determine if asbestos is present and provide advice for its control.

Asbestos tests. State and local health departments, as well as the regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have lists of individuals and laboratories certified to perform asbestos tests in the home and to analyze samples for asbestos.

How to Remove Asbestos Popcorn Ceiling

Remove the roof of the popcorn from the house. CC-Licensed; Flickr user Chad Jones. Many houses, especially those built in the United States in the 1950s in the early 1970s; contain so-called popcorn or cottage cheese roofs. Despised as they are today, they actually had some advantages:

1. Asbestos inside the texture helps retard fire (but does not prevent the fire from spreading completely).

2. These are acoustic ceilings; they help quiet sounds inside the room and slow down the transmission of sound to other rooms.

The removal is legal, but the removal has restrictions

No federal law prohibits a homeowner from limiting their asbestos home, and it is doubtful that state or local laws will not prevent it either. In fact, you will even find state agencies for air quality and environmental quality that will publish guides on how to safely remove asbestos.

The problem, however, is with the elimination. You cannot simply pour asbestos-laden material with the same freedom as wood or siding. Most localities require a special permit to get rid of asbestos. You must dispose of it only in certain designated facilities because the localities want to keep the asbestos separate from the normal waste from the landfill. It is often required that you undo it within a certain number of days (typically 10-30 days) of elimination.

How to file an Asbestos Claim

For assistance with filing a mesothelioma or asbestos exposure claim, contact a mesothelioma lawyer. An expert at Goldberg, Persky & White can be useful. This firm is experienced with filing mesothelioma veteran claims as well. Check out their article on Mesothelioma lawsuit statute of limitations to learn about how long you have to file a claim.

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