Today, popcorn ceiling removal is an option for homeowners concerned about the presence of asbestos. Asbestos is linked to diseases and can be found in many of the forms of 1970's architecture known as cottage cheese or popcorn ceiling. The treatment resembles the name; small, sometimes pointed, bubbles compose the ceiling where the treatment was done.
In 500 Simple Home Repair Solutions by Norman Becker several tips are provided for homeowners who may have questions about the conditions and safety of their ceilings. Mold, environmental toxins and outdated materials are common concerns for those consumers who are addressed in this book. Reading such material keeps homeowners informed for the best decision-making possible.
Ceilings are of particular concern to Becker and his audience. In this text, the following ceiling conditions are discussed with solution oriented practical language.
Water Spots on Ceiling
Leaky roofs are known for creating water stains on otherwise pristine ceilings. Paint stores, home construction stores and others stores offer a range of products for dealing with the pesky remnants of water damage. A stain blocking primer can be applied to the surface of a water spot. Once it is dry, the homeowner is encouraged to paint the ceiling.
Certain spots on the ceiling are made of mold. Becker calms concerned homeowners by suggesting a solution of bleach and water. The cost-effective remedy can eliminate airborne pollutants with very little effort. Becker cautions that the result may take some aftercare; if a brown stain emerging, he states, be sure to cover it with primer sealer as opposed to paint. With paint, the stain will bleed through and with sealer, the appearance of the ceiling can remain intact.
Asbestos in Ceiling
Becker assures homeowners that if asbestos is found in their ceiling, solutions exist. When asbestos fibers are exposed to the air, or when there is damage to the ceiling, pollutants can be breathed by inhabitants. In these cases, Becker recommends popcorn ceiling removal. By contacting an asbestos abatement company or a company that offers this service among others, the ceiling can be replaced without any potentially dangers “do it yourself” actions of the homeowner. Before this, a sample is tested for the presence of asbestos in a laboratory.
Popcorn or acoustic ceiling removal is one of multiple treatments homeowners may find necessary. As seen above, some of these options be taken on by the homeowners themselves. Keeping abreast of the new ways to remedy home construction issues may positively impact your health and your budget.