Removing a Popcorn Ceiling & What You Need to Know
You’ve probably been in buildings before that have a textured ceiling that’s often called a “popcorn” ceiling. It can be a safety hazard depending on when the building was constructed. From the 1950s to 1980s, ceiling textures would often contain an amount of asbestos, and the popcorn texture was one of them. A popcorn ceiling can make the room look small and dark thanks to the peaks in the texture, also making it easy to catch and trap dust that’s harder to clean.
Some property owners want to paint ceilings with these textures, it’s important to note that painting the ceiling texture can be difficult and will require thick-nap roller covers. You’ll also need a lot of paint because the texture will soak it up.
Instead of painting over the ceiling, we recommend actually removing it, because the texture material could contain asbestos, and it would be best to remove the hazardous material. The first step to any removal is to test the ceiling for asbestos. Calling a trusted and reputable asbestos abatement company is the best way to get the job done safely and efficiently. At Asbestos Project Management, we’ll inspect and test the area for asbestos, when we receive the test results back, further plans will be made. If the test comes back positive, then we will schedule a removal date.
Asbestos is dangerous to inspect, test and remove. We don’t recommend removing and dealing with the asbestos yourself. A professional asbestos abatement company will come to the property equipped with the right tools and equipment to remove and dispose of the asbestos properly. We’ll contain the area, remove the ceiling and dangerous material, along with anything else that could be causing the asbestos. Once the job is done, we’ll dispose of the waste safely, HEPA vacuum the area, and wet wipe the ceiling with amended water to ensure the asbestos is completely gone.
After the popcorn ceiling is removed, another air sample will be taken and tested by an IDPH licensed air sampling professional to ensure all of the fibers were removed.
Asbestos Project Management Can Remove Your Popcorn Ceiling
Our Asbestos Project Management team in the Chicagoland suburbs has been removing asbestos for over 30 years. We’ve come across a number of popcorn texture ceilings, and have removed asbestos from them. Before every project is started, we make sure the right permits are in place and the proper safety measures are in place. Want to read more about our asbestos removal process for popcorn texture ceilings? You’ll find our process in one of our project files. If you’re ready to have an asbestos inspection and test done, contact our Asbestos Project Management team today.Back To Blog