Safely remove popcorn ceilings?
February 17, 2011 5:38 PM Subscribe
I recently purchased a condo and it comes with popcorn ceilings. I want them removed but I had an asbestos abatement company come to look at them and they determined that they contained a "trace" amount, or less than one percent, asbestos. They provided me an outlandish quote for safe and sanitary (as well as legally up and up) removal. Doing some web research, I find their quote to be about standard for what similar companies charge.
posted by Stryke11 to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my questions are:
1) What does the notion of a "trace" amount mean in real terms. Is it still dangerous? If I say had a contractor or handyman do the work would they and, over the long term, me, be safe from asbestos related health effects when there is only a "trace" amount?
2) How long does asbestos stay in the air if you remove it without all the regulations of the abatement company. Is it possible it could stay floating around for days/weeks/years? Or lying in the carpet to shoot back up into the air when I vacuum?
Basically I don't want to pay the huge sum the abatement company charges but at the same time I want to be completely safe from asbestos now and in the future. So if anyone here has experience in this area (I mean real experience, not just "Well I removed mine myself and it's been a year and I'm still alive" type answers - Asbestos takes 30 years to show it's negative health effect). The advice I'm getting ranges from "Don't take any chances at all" to "You're getting ripped off/they see you coming a mile away/anyone can remove it, just get some guys from in front of Home Depot".
My life and ethics are worth more to me than my money, but that being said, if my life and ethics won't be in danger, I'd rather not spend the money.