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Popcorn Ceiling Asbestos concern?

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Popcorn Ceiling Asbestos concern?

Hi,

I only recently learnt that popcorn ceiling between the 1960s-90s may contain asbestos. Although it was banned in 1978 existing inventory was still being used throughout the 80's-90's. As I'm looking into buying a home how much of a concern is it? It seems like 99% of homes that I've looked at that were built in the 90's and early 2000's have popcorn ceiling. Have most people gotten tests done before/after buying. Seems like a pain to remove seeing how easily it is to disturb.
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Hire professionals to remove it. Fast and easy.

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anthonyvl7101084 wrote:
Mar 12th, 2019 5:56 pm
Hi,

I only recently learnt that popcorn ceiling between the 1960s-90s may contain asbestos. Although it was banned in 1978 existing inventory was still being used throughout the 80's-90's. As I'm looking into buying a home how much of a concern is it? It seems like 99% of homes that I've looked at that were built in the 90's and early 2000's have popcorn ceiling. Have most people gotten tests done before/after buying. Seems like a pain to remove seeing how easily it is to disturb.
No most people have not gotten tests done before buying. The only time anyone would get it tested is if they are planning to disturb it (remove) and want to be sure it doesn't contain asbestos. I would never even dream of removing that crap (I hate the stuff) without getting it tested first. Our house is totally covered in popcorn ceilings. I hate the ugly garbage, but I'm afraid of what we'll find out if tested and the cost to remove at that point lol. It will go way down the list of wanted renos for the house.
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PhilSTJ wrote:
Mar 12th, 2019 7:10 pm
90s and 2000s homes won't have asbestos.
It is possible in 90s homes.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote:
Mar 12th, 2019 6:16 pm
Hire professionals to remove it. Fast and easy.
No "professional" should be willing to touch that stuff of a certain aged house without it being tested for asbestos first. And, I'm pretty sure asbestos remediation is more than just fast and easy.
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anthonyvl7101084 wrote:
Mar 12th, 2019 5:56 pm
Hi,

I only recently learnt that popcorn ceiling between the 1960s-90s may contain asbestos. Although it was banned in 1978 existing inventory was still being used throughout the 80's-90's. As I'm looking into buying a home how much of a concern is it? It seems like 99% of homes that I've looked at that were built in the 90's and early 2000's have popcorn ceiling. Have most people gotten tests done before/after buying. Seems like a pain to remove seeing how easily it is to disturb.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Undisturbed it should not present any problems at all. However, if you have to remove, then that's when problems occur. I scraped the popcorn texture of my basement ceiling. Before the project I removed a few sample scraps and took them to the lab. For less than $100 they were able to confirm that I did not have any asbestos. The house is from 1978. The odds of a 90s house turning out to be asbestos positive are really slim.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Mar 17th, 2019 11:29 am
It is possible in 90s homes.
It is highly unlikely in 90s homes, not saying impossible, just odds are you won't see any. Better to get it checked as others have said for about 100$ to be on the safe side before planning removal.
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PhilSTJ wrote:
Mar 19th, 2019 10:54 am
It is highly unlikely in 90s homes, not saying impossible, just odds are you won't see any. Better to get it checked as others have said for about 100$ to be on the safe side before planning removal.
After watching my dad die from mesothelioma, I would far rather be safe than sorry. Don't mess with that stuff!
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canuckstorm wrote: Undisturbed it should not present any problems at all. However, if you have to remove, then that's when problems occur. I scraped the popcorn texture of my basement ceiling. Before the project I removed a few sample scraps and took them to the lab. For less than $100 they were able to confirm that I did not have any asbestos. The house is from 1978. The odds of a 90s house turning out to be asbestos positive are really slim.

What lab did you use?
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Chickinvic wrote: After watching my dad die from mesothelioma, I would far rather be safe than sorry. Don't mess with that stuff!

Was it likely from finding asbestos in the home built in the 90’s?
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anthonyvl7101084 wrote:
Apr 5th, 2019 12:58 pm
Was it likely from finding asbestos in the home built in the 90’s?
Did I say it was? No, but I am giving my advice that I would test it. Who knows what some company could have had a frigging 20 year supply of the shit that they were still using.
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anthonyvl7101084 wrote:
Apr 5th, 2019 12:56 pm
What lab did you use?
I see from your profile that you are in Scarborough. Unfortunately, I am from the Edmonton area. In Toronto you guys should have even way more labs than we do. Just google asbestos testing lab and tonnes will show up.
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anthonyvl7101084 wrote:
Apr 5th, 2019 12:58 pm
Was it likely from finding asbestos in the home built in the 90’s?
I doubt that was the case, but could be wrong. Most of these asbestos deaths are not from home owner exposure but from occupation exposure. Lets say you worked in the construction trades or mining. That is where you are getting exposed to massive quantities on a continuous basis.

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