Beware of fixing those outdated textured ceilings yourself! - August 23rd 2013
The 70’s was the decade that textured (or stippled) ceilings became popular. All ceilings seemed to be texturized, including bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms. Textured ceilings tend to hold on to dust, dirt, grease and moisture more than flat ceilings, which is often why you see staining on textured ceilings in areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Textured or popcorn ceilings are an asbestos containing product. Typical lab analysis shows asbestos containing material (ACM) content is 30-40% Chrysotile. Compare that to drywall joint compound that is 1-3% Chrysotile.
WorksafeBC requires that workers follow HIGH risk work procedures when removing ACM overhead. Removing ceilings is dusty work and scraping texture is considered by WorksafeBC to be the most dangerous activity in ACM drywall repair or removal.
To read WorkSafeBC’s guidelines regarding dealing with High-risk work activities involve working with or in proximity to asbestos-containing material here. See page 52 under high risk activities.
Although WorkSafeBC does not govern the actions of homeowners, it is designed to protect all people involved in those activities. To prevent exposing yourself, your family and contaminating your house with asbestos fibres, DO NOT scrape, sand or in any way touch the ceiling to prevent releasing harmful asbestos fibres.
Call a professional abatement firm to remove the asbestos containing materials. Then proceed with your renovation.
Many people are now trying to figure out how to remove their textured ceilings as their ceilings look aged and dated. Now that we better understand the health risks, this is no longer a do it yourself procedure. For a referral to a qualified professional, contact Shell Busey’s HouseSmart Home Services at 604-542-2236.