Asbestos Testing for Popcorn Ceilings: How to Confirm Asbestos Presence

Popcorn Ceiling

The presence of asbestos can be detrimental to not only the health of you and all individuals that come and go within the building, but it can also damage the structural integrity of the property itself. If your property has popcorn ceilings, you might want to consider testing for asbestos.

Rest assured that at Reliable Contracting Group, we can provide professional asbestos popcorn ceiling removal if asbestos is found within your popcorn ceilings. But, how do you know if asbestos is present?

Here is everything that you need to know about asbestos in popcorn ceilings and what needs to be done.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is characterised as a group of minerals that were often used in construction through the mid to late 1900s. In New Zealand, the government stopped the manufacture of materials containing asbestos in 1987, but many homes built between 1950 to 2000 are likely to have asbestos. If exposed to asbestos, you could be vulnerable to numerous health problems.

Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1950s to 1980s, but this style was also vulnerable to asbestos contamination. In fact, some popcorn ceilings are considered to be contaminated with up to 10% of asbestos. This is because spray-on paints containing asbestos were commonly used to create the popcorn-effect.

Due to their crumbly nature, asbestos in popcorn ceilings is a cause of concern, especially as any fallen pieces can lead to the release of asbestos into the atmosphere.

Testing for Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

It’s impossible to tell by looks alone whether popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, which is why it’s important to hire a professional asbestos specialist to inspect and take a sample of your popcorn ceilings. If the result comes back positive for asbestos, it’s crucial that you invest in asbestos removal services to prevent asbestos exposure.

Reliable Contracting Group offers reliable asbestos popcorn ceiling removal solutions, safely and professionally eliminating the presence of asbestos within your home or commercial property. If your home has popcorn ceilings and was built before 2000, it’s important to test for asbestos. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our asbestos removal services and how we can help if you believe that asbestos is present in your property.


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