Good Questions: Removing Popcorn Ceiling Safely

Good Questions: Removing Popcorn Ceiling Safely

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Gregory Han
Jul 5, 2007

Sarah wrote inwith her popcorn ceiling dilemma:

I moved into a 1200 sq. foot condo almost a year ago and I love the space except for the nasty popcorn ceilings. The building was built around 1975 and I understand that to scrape the stuff off myself could be dangerous. Does anyone have a recommendation of a company that will safely remove it or how to make sure that it's getting safely removed? Also, does anyone know what I could expect to pay? I want to bring the space into the 20th century... Thank you so much for your help!

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Sarah, you're a smart cookie for taking precaution with your acoustic "popcorn" ceiling. Homes built prior to 1979, and before the EPA ban of asbestos as a construction material binder, likely contain the cancer and respiratory disease causing mineral.

Getting a certified asbestos-abatement company to remove the ceiling finish is not an easy nor cheap procedure. Expect to pay between $3,000 to $5,000 for a 300 square foot room. You might want to call a hazardous waste disposal company such as Global Prevention Services of Los Angeles or many of the other local asbestos removal businesses for a competitive quote.

For more information regarding residential asbestos, visit the web site of the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/asbestos/ashome.html, or call the EPA at (202) 566-0500 and request the booklet, Asbestos in the Home.

Do any of our readers have experience with asbestos/popcorn ceiling removal? Recommendations?

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