The first step in the process of popcorn ceiling removal is to make sure that there is no Asbestos. Asbestos is a very dangerous chemical that has caused many deaths and life threatening illnesses. During the 70's popcorn ceilings were the rage and Asbestos was frequently mixed in with the popcorn formula. Before attempting popcorn ceiling removal, you should first have the ceiling tested for asbestos. You can contact your local EPA for information regarding testing the ceiling for asbestos. Unfortunately, even into the late 80's, asbestos was still used in popcorn ceilings. If your ceiling does contain asbestos, you should not attempt the popcorn ceiling removal yourself, but contact an n Asbestos specialist.
The next potential threat that you should be aware of before attempting popcorn ceiling removal is the possibility of lead paint. Lead paint is very dangerous to children. If your ceiling has been painted, there is a possibility that lead paint will get into the environment of your house during the popcorn ceiling removal. Again, contact your local EPA for advice on how to remove these dangerous particles.
If all is well, and your popcorn ceiling has no Asbestos and has never been painted, you may continue and begin the popcorn ceiling removal yourself.
The process is easy and simple, but very messy.
To begin, you will need to cover all furniture and floors because during the popcorn ceiling removal the debris will be falling everywhere. Also, using plastic sheeting, cover the walls. This way, none of the debris will ruin your walls. Next, remove all light fixtures that are attached to the ceiling. Now that you are prepared, you will need an air pressured pump spray, like the kind used for fertilizers or gardens. Fill it with water, and wet down the ceiling. You want the ceiling to be wet, but not drenched. You don't want to loosen the joint tape. Let the water set for about 15 minutes, then using a 6, 8, 10, or 12 inch putty knife, scrape the popcorn ceiling off.
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