Acoustic Ceilings Removal Asbestos Concerns
Those who take on remodeling a house have been introduced to many health hazards. From powertools going haywire to demolition debris, the construction gig is quite dangerous in many ways. Asbestos is potentially one of the most damaging components that one can be exposed to on a construction site. Asbestos has been found in materials used to put houses together for many years asbestos acoustic ceilings were the norm from the time of their introduction until outlawed.
Popcorn Ceiling Asbestos
It was legal to use asbestos in popcorn ceilings until 1978, however existing stocks of acoustic mix were used well into the 1980’s. Because of this, people who live or work in homes or businesses that were built prior to the date when asbestos could have been used in the construction of the building fear that asbestos indeed exists in the buildings where they live and reside. It is very likely that if your home was constructed before 1978 and your home has an acoustic popcorn ceiling your acoustic ceiling asbestos concerns are legitimate. In order to find out whether or not your house or business does contain asbestos, a sample must be tested by a lab to determine if indeed the ceiling is positive for asbestos and presents a danger. It is impossible to determine if a ceiling contains asbestos simply by looking at it without a microscope and a trained eye.
With the above information in mind established, local acoustic removal contractors will on occasion know with a certain amount of authority if your home is positive without testing because they have worked on and tested other homes in your neighborhood. If your home is positive for asbestos special removal and disposal steps must be followed. The danger in living with asbestos is in disturbing the fibers, which can then be inhaled into the lungs. There are procedures that trained asbestos removal teams must go through to keep you and your family safe, as well as to keep themselves safe.
Why Did They Use Asbestos Acoustic Ceilings?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance, and in some parts of the United States pockets of the material can be found exposed on the ground. It was a widely used substance prior to being banned in 1978 for posing health risks such as lung cancer and respiratory disease. It is more well known that exposure to asbestos causes a cancer called Mesothelioma. Chrysotile asbestos, the type used in acoustic spray mixes is white in color and found in serpentine rock.
The mineral was used as a binding agent in many construction materials including drywall compounds because of its strong fibrous consistency and as a fire retardant because it will not burn and insulates from heat transfer. Because of its smooth consistency that is almost like talcum power, asbestos also acted as a lubricant in acoustical mixes to prevent acoustic stator pump wear.
Popcorn ceiling asbestos law is different in every state and it is important to check the appropriate local government agencies before attempting to remove an asbestos acoustic ceiling. Asbestos claims come in a wide variety and removal of an asbestos ceiling without staying within the confines of the law can open you up to a variety of asbestos lawsuits or even criminal prosecution.