I noticed last night that I have a foot long tear in the popcorn ceiling in my family room. The popcorn seems to have been put over wallpaper or something. The family room was built in 79 so that meant the popcorn material probably contains asbestos. I’ve located a lab that tests for asbestos, and I have my handyman popping over tomorrow to poke around and make sure that there’s no structural damage under there. I warned my handyman to bring a mask in case there is asbestor.
I’ve looked all the popcorn ceiling mitigation and the best solution was to drywall over the ceiling regardless of asbestos or no asbestos.
So what kind of contractor do I hire to do drywall for just the ceiling?
I’ve done it myself with a spray bottle of water, a scraper, and a painter’s mask. Wiped it down and painted. It was messy but not too difficult. I can’t guarantee I won’t get cancer tomorrow but it’s been 20 years.
I have also removed the popcorn this way (1996 so no asbestos). It was fairly easy to do and not that messy and it resulted in a very paintable surface. However if the popcorn has been pained over that won’t work, and the best thing is to put another layer of sheetrock over it.
My handy man came in today to consult what’s going on (thinking it’s just some popcorn texture falling down )and said, “It’s the whole ceiling, not just popcorn !” What it looks like is that the wall board was not installed up to code with the number of nails, and the texture has over time, been so heavy that it’s pulling down the wallboard.
Fortunately it doesn’t look like real popcorn texture, it look like joint compound spackled over the ceiling instead. I still have a sample ready to go to the lab to test for asbestos.
My insurace company is sending an inspector next week.
I’m packing up all my knick knacks and storing them this week end. It’s going to kill my back
I did some online research, falling ceilings is covered by standard home insurance and it’s not. I have no idea.
yes it’s covered in standard insurance (unless it’s specifially excluded–like it’s over 100 years old–actual case)
2.Yes it is if it’s damaged by water, fire, or weather (not documented)
No it’s not (UK)
4.Probable, " You may be wondering if your insurance will cover repairing your ceiling before a collapse occurs. Although in most cases, homeowners insurance doesn’t apply to maintenance of the home, long-term structural damage that will imminently lead to collapse is covered under standard policies."
What the origin maybe is, “Homes built between 1960 and 1980 have a greater risk of suffering ceiling collapse because of how the ceiling drywall was installed. In place of reliable methods used in the past, contractors began to space ceiling joists further apart, which meant fewer fasteners to secure the drywall. Additionally, the fasteners used were smooth nails, which lacked the shear strength that the screws used today provide.”
Notably I have a sagging corner of the ceiling and I had someone to check on it. " [I had] a licensed professional inspect [my] home… Fixing a sagging ceiling will be easier, less expensive, and less risky to your loved ones than addressing a ceiling after its collapse." The ‘professional’ said “not a problem”
It is certainly worth getting insurance involved. I have inspected a number of claims that seemed unlikely to be a covered loss but turned out to have a cause included in the policy.
Absolutely get things tested for asbestos, it could go either way, there is no way to tell just by age. When I submit a sample for testing, the address must be included by law in this jurisdiction. You are likely committed to an abatement if results are positive. Asbestos related illnesses take decades to manifest, and are still the biggest cause of workplace related death due to workers exposed in the 70’s and 80’s.