ASBESTOS CEILING REMOVAL
Removing old acoustic ceilings often requires a licensed asbestos abatement
Since 1986, the personal
injury law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of
workers injured by asbestos disease. Since then, the firm's mesothelioma lawyers have won
several billion dollars in verdicts and
settlements for clients. This page presents home repair advice regarding
asbestos ceiling tile removal projects.
October 20, 2009 - Removing so-called “cottage cheese” ceiling
tiles has become an increasingly popular home improvement project because
the majority of the acoustic ceilings installed in this country prior to 1978
contained some level of asbestos.
The finish that is commonly referred to as “cottage cheese,” is an acoustical
ceiling finish that was widely used in the 60's, 70's, and early 80's. While
many builders continue to use acoustical ceiling tiles, they are not nearly as
popular as they once were.
Asbestos is most dangerous when it is old and brittle, because its minute
fibers can become airborne and inhaled into the lungs. Most asbestos removal
experts agree that if the acoustical material does contain asbestos, the ceiling
is best left alone, especially if the ceiling is in good condition and the
material is not “friable,” or flaky.
Nevertheless, many homeowners, upon discovering asbestos ceilings inside their home,
still insist upon removal.
Tips on asbestos ceiling removal
Before you proceed, you must have a small sampling of the suspect material
tested for asbestos content. A quick call to your local or regional public
health agency, Consumer Products Safety Commission, or Environmental Protection
Agency is the place to start. These agencies can provide a list of licensed
If the material does contain asbestos and you opt to remove it, most states
require that the material be removed by a licensed or certified asbestos
abatement contractor who utilizes professional means and equipment to protect
your home and environment.
Furthermore, the material must be disposed of in accordance with very strict
government regulations. Professional abatement can be very expensive because of
the liability involved with this kind of work.
Legal options after asbestos disease diagnosis
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma and seek a free case review,
please notify us through the communication form on this page. We will pursue
your claim with vigilance to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, and
And because the firm works on a contingency basis, there is no cost to you
until we win a settlement or a verdict.