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Moved to condo from 1970 with popcorn ceiling inside the big closet. Since the year I believe almost all popcorn ceilings were asbestos. Renovation guy said the same thing that most likely it is so I am treating it as asbestos.  Was throwing tons of stuff there, packed it there up to the ceiling to have more space and they were all touching and brushing the ceiling while i was putting it often in and out. What should I do now with the stuff? Its mostly clothes and other things. Do I need to throw them out?  Can I even safely touch it? Will the asbestos be floating all over the shelf? Should I somehow clean them somehow?There is a chance it was painted over it before so its not that powdery but I am very concern to touch it and try the flakiness. How do I know if it was somehow encapsulated with pain. If there is no powder on stuff is it safe?  I am just lost what should i do, who to ask, who to call. Thanks for all the advices!

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6 minutes ago, Jim Katen said:

That's not a popcorn ceiling. 

If there's any asbestos in the ceiling texture, it's behind several layers of paint. 

Have a coke and a smile and stop worrying about it. 

So if it would be behind few layers of paint then it would not get exposed at all even if i was scratching it with things? Can I be sure? 

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Asbestos becomes harmful when it becomes airborne as fibers and gets in your lungs. Touching it ain't going to hurt you. I'm not aware of any products that are asbestos but a lot of stuff contains it. It's still in may things now, but much less because its presence in products is regulated. Relax, relax, relax.

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I'm with Jim.  That is not a popcorn ceiling and if it was there are several coats of paint encapsulating any thing.  

Read something about the characteristics of asbestos;  it is a crystal, hard, brittle, and not transdermal.   Do NOT grind, sand or otherwise abrade it.  Look up pixels ala asbestos.  relax.  there are a bizzilion products with asbestos today. 

 

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6 hours ago, Les said:

I'm with Jim.  That is not a popcorn ceiling and if it was there are several coats of paint encapsulating any thing.  

Read something about the characteristics of asbestos;  it is a crystal, hard, brittle, and not transdermal.   Do NOT grind, sand or otherwise abrade it.  Look up pixels ala asbestos.  relax.  there are a bizzilion products with asbestos today. 

 

Sorry what do you guys mean its not popcorn ceiling. From all the photos I seen on internet it looks totally like popcorn ceiling. Its definitely not smooth, so I am confused. Is there a chance in this type of ceiling there was not asbestos in that age? Would you reccomend to take a sample by myself or is that too risky. Thanks. 

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Popcorn ceiling texture has a much deeper pile and is, generally, quite delicate. You can scrape it off with your thumb. Some popcorn ceiling texture had asbestos in it and some didn't. The stuff in your picture is a textured finish, just not one that I'd characterize as popcorn. It might have asbestos in it and it might not. The drywall behind it might or might not contain asbestos and the drywall finishing compound used to finish it might or might not contain asbestos. Asbestos was used in over 3,000 building products and in countless other consumer products. Stand on a busy street corner today and take a deep breath - you'll be inhaling asbestos fibers from older brake pads and clutches. 

The reason that people should be concerned about asbestos popcorn ceiling texture is that it's delicate. If you rub it, you release fibers into the air. The stuff in your pictures is encapsulated by paint - several layers by the look of it. If you brush up against it, nothing will happen. You're more likely to leave some of your skin on the ceiling than the other way around. Remember that one of the solutions to popcorn ceilings is to simply paint them. Whatever is on your ceiling is already well painted. As long as you're not planning to cut into it, scrape it with a knife, or gnaw on it, it's just fine the way it is. If you are planning to do any of those things, first cut out a little bit, put it on a ziplock bag, and have it tested. This will not harm you. I promise. We're not talking about polonium here. 

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In our area there was a time (now we're talking early 60's) when a university here was granted approval to reduce floor/ceiling concrete slab thickness by some measure (not sure exactly the difference) by spraying ceilings with popcorn containing asbestos.

The reason had to do with fire rating.  It only made sense past a certain threshold of scale.  These were 6 to 10 storey high rise dormitories using large amounts of concrete.

About 15 yrs after occupancy a student noticed a thin dusty film on the top of a drink in a cup.  Analysis found the film was asbestos fiber that had drifted from the soft popcorn ceiling finish.

Does your ceiling look like it could shed fiber by mere effect of gravity?

Doesn't look like it to me.

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