Homeowners who have popcorn ceilings in their homes may find them to be unattractive and feel that these surfaces are sacrificing the overall look and feel of their interior space. They may also feel that the bumpy nature of these surfaces makes is very difficult to keep the ceiling clean because it can be a nuisance to have to dust over an uneven surface. But many homeowners may also wonder if they should be concerned about their popcorn ceilings. The reason? Asbestos. Years ago, asbestos was commonly used in residential and commercial construction. This material was used to create strong and durable construction materials that were easy to work with and long-lasting. Asbestos is also fire-resistant, which added to the safety level of homes when it was included in construction materials. Asbestos also provides some acoustic insulation. That means that it is able to absorb sound and minimize the amount of sound that travels. That’s why popcorn ceilings were particularly popular in bedrooms. It was also effective in helping to insulate structures against the cold weather. But the production and use of asbestos has drastically declined since the 1970s. Since then, the use of asbestos is nearly non-existent, though it is still widely present in homes that were built before the 1980s. The government has also taken steps to ban the use of asbestos in new home construction. The reason why asbestos has been banned and is no longer included in the construction of structures is because of its link to potentially deadly diseases, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. As such, many homeowners who still have popcorn ceilings in their homes may be concerned about is presence and may wonder if it’s a hazard to themselves and their families. It’s a viable concern, which is why many homeowners have been prompted to have their popcorn ceilings removed. If you still have popcorn ceilings in your home and are worried that it may contain asbestos, call in the experts. At The Ceiling Specialists, we’ll patch test your popcorn ceiling material to identify the presence of asbestos. If it is present, we will carefully remove the popcorn ceiling material and take appropriate measures and precautions so that the asbestos material is not circulated throughout the home, but rather is completely removed from your interior. Call The Ceiling Specialists today to have your popcorn ceilings removed carefully and effectively.