Popcorn Ceiling Fort Lauderdale

Asbestos in a Popcorn Ceiling in Fort Lauderdale

There are many older homes that have asbestos in their popcorn ceiling in Fort Lauderdale. If you have an older home that has textured ceilings and you want sell it you should probably do what before placing the house on the market?

In this article we will discuss the answers and remedies to suggest for a home with textured ceilings in Fort Lauderdale that may have asbestos. The simple answer is most real estate professionals will tell you to remove the popcorn ceiling to make the home more marketable due to the fact that the ceiling treatment makes the home look “dated” and because most buyers will not want to deal with the issue themselves.

The issue is popcorn or acoustic spray on ceiling treatments are likely to contain asbestos, a known carcinogen.

  • Popcorn ceilings were very popular from the 1950 until 1978, when the application was banned by the US government, because it allowed builders to obscure bad sheet rock installations.
  • Needless to say, there was a significant inventory of acoustic spray on ceiling treatment in this country and manufacturers, retailers and builders were legally able to sell/install this product well into the 1980s when the inventory had finally been depleted.
  • Therefore, there it’s possibility your ceiling has asbestos.

Testing for asbestos

Your best plan of action is to test your ceiling treatment for asbestos.

You can do this yourself by purchasing a test kit or simply putting samples in a re-sealable bag and sending it to any number of labs in the area listed on the internet under “asbestos testing”.

Most labs recommend that you take multiple samples, for example three samples per thousand square feet of surface. The cost of the test kits can vary but the professional testing runs roughly $30-$50 for the first sample and $20-$30 for each additional sample.

Asbestos removal

If your test results come out positive, meaning more than 1% of the sample contained asbestos, you have two choices:

  • Do the removal yourself. Removing the popcorn yourself is a messy, time consuming job and again you will want to make yourself intimately familiar with the asbestos abatement protocols covering the Fort Lauderdale area. If you choose to do the work yourself understand that it is strongly recommended that you remove all household items such as furnishing from the room you are working in, you will need to purchase and/or rent safety equipment including a respirator, protective clothing, eye protection and special asbestos abatement bags. You will also need to transport all materials in a contained vehicle (no open bed pickup trucks) and deposit all contaminated materials at a hazardous waste site which may be far from your home and costly. Understand that there are no known safe levels of asbestos exposure and that the affects of inhaling asbestos fibers will typically take 15-40 years to manifest themselves.
  • Hire a licensed, bonded and CERTIFIED asbestos abatement contractor to do the removal for you and then re-texture and paint the ceiling. The cost of hiring a professional will run approximately $10-$15 per square foot and will be predicated on several factors such as height of ceilings, quantity of square footage, number of rooms and more.

In conclusion, you would be wise to remove the popcorn whether it tests positive for asbestos or not but keeping in mind, you have several things to consider before proceeding with removal.

If you are interested in learning more about Asbestos and Popcorn Ceiling Removal in your Fort Lauderdale home or business; or Drywall Repair, Knock Down Texture Ceiling, Smooth Finish Ceiling, Interior Painting or Exterior Painting, you are invited to contact Ross Brothers Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal at (754) 900-6468 for Broward and (561) 440-3066 for Palm Beach.

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