ASBESTOS CEILING REMOVAL
Removing old acoustic ceilings often requires a licensed asbestos abatement contractor
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 testing labs.
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
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