Should I Test My Popcorn Ceiling for Asbestos Before Removing In Austin, TX?

If you are planning on removing your outdated and unattractive popcorn ceiling this season, a vital step that is commonly and unfortunately skipped is testing the popcorn textured ceiling for asbestos. 

If your house was built before 1978, it is a MUST to test for asbestos before any remodeling is done. Asbestos is linked to deadly cancers and not to be taken lightly. 

Asbestos is linked to deadly cancers

If your house was built after 1978, but before 2000, I would suggest you get tested for asbestos as well. The reason being that the production of asbestos was only halted in 1978, but in the US we still had a very very large inventory of asbestos that was legally aloud to be used, and this lasted up until the mid 80s, but some claim longer. It is one of the unknowns that only the companies using it know, and are likely unwilling to tell us…sadly. 

I recently had a client call and ask if we removed popcorn ceiling, and I said No we don’t (we still don’t!), but if you intend to remove it, you should get it tested for asbestos. Low, it contained asbestos and is now being safely removed by professionals. 


I had another client, same thing happened, but the texture did not contain asbestos, according to the test results.

So…it varies. There is no way of knowing unless you get the test. The test will cost you $10 at a home improvement store, then $30 to ship and get lab-tested. $40 to potentially save your family’s health and well-being. Not to mention the contractor who you may hire to remove it.

Countless contractors are out there, unknowingly harming themselves and their customers. The purpose of this blog is not to scare you, but to inform you to make a wiser choice. Your health matters to us at Brush & Color!

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this video. 

I’m Nicholas Painter, of Brush & Color Eco Painting.

Thanks for watching!!

It’s a great day!

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