When asbestos ceilings were first installed in the 1970s, they were either applied with a polymer substance or silicate materials. This widespread usage of asbestos in the popcorn ceilings caused the health issues (such as mesothelioma and lung cancer).
If the ceiling contains asbestos contamination, it is important to make sure you are taking the appropriate precautions to prevent health risks because serious or even fatal issues can occur from this.
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If you believe your ceiling may be contaminated with asbestos and you suspect that it's a problem, avoid the area until you are able to bring in an expert who can provide you with ways or alternatives to remove your asbestos-covered ceiling.
Avoid scraping or scratching the asbestos ceiling. Scraping asbestos ceilings releases tiny dust particles into the air. These particles could contain asbestos. Be sure to reduce the extent of changes, alterations, and disturbance you cause with the asbestos roof.
If you're saving some money to have a professional take down your ceiling, during the interim put a nice coating of paint on the ceiling made of asbestos. This will form a second waterproof layer over your ceiling.
In case you are selling your property inform the possibility or actual existence of an asbestos-based popcorn ceiling. This will prevent future problems or litigation.