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Applying water to ceiling before scraping may improve safety

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Dear Barry, My home was built in 1978 and has "popcorn" ceiling texture in most rooms, some of which is peeling and cracking. I began to scrape off the material, but then became concerned about asbestos. Is there an inexpensive way to determine if this material contains asbestos? I've read that spraying with water makes it safe to remove it yourself. Do you know if this is true? Also, I am concerned about past and current asbestos exposure to my family. – Lauri Dear Lauri, 1978 is the year that asbestos began to be phased out of use in newly textured ceilings. At that time, the further manufacture of asbestos-containing ceiling texture had been banned, but the installation of existing supplies of the material remained legal. Therefore, most textured ceilings installed in that year did contain asbestos. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The cracking and peeling in your ceiling may have released some fibers into the air, but most likely not in large amounts. Scraping, on the ...