“Oftentimes acoustic ceilings contain asbestos that you can’t see with the human eye,” said Jonathan Jackson of Jackson Demo, an Irvine-based demolition and abatement company. “Unless you have it tested, you won’t know if you are disturbing hazardous materials that could impact your health,” he added.
Acoustic ceilings were popular pre-1980s because they easily covered up imperfections. Many of these ceilings contain asbestos, a building material known to cause cancer and other major health issues.
Tip #1: Don’t Disturb the Material
Even scraping a small amount of material can cause dangerous fibers to enter the air. These fibers could put your family’s safety at risk. If your ceiling is peeling or wearing down, it’s time to consider replacing it. Avoid scraping, peeling or rubbing these areas until you have it tested.
Tip #2: Have Your Ceiling Professionally Tested
While consumers can purchase asbestos testing kits on their own, experts recommend bringing in a professional who is properly trained to handle the testing. Because the United State’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OCSHA) regulates the laws and procedures for properly handling these hazardous materials, it’s important to have an expert test any suspicious materials that may contain asbestos.
Tip #3: Call in a Contractor Specialized in Asbestos Abatement
Many consumers are unaware of the fact that not all contractors are qualified to handle hazardous materials like asbestos. When searching for an abatement company, be sure to ask whether they have had experience in handling asbestos and whether they are properly certified.
Jackson Demo has been in the demolition and abatement industry for more than 30 years. They have earned a reputation for finishing projects on time and on budget while making sure that residents are fully protected during the abatement process. Check out their latest projects and visit their website to get a free quote on your next project.