Acoustic ceiling tiles may contain asbestos particles
It has been reported that some ceiling tiles and acoustic ceiling tiles manufactured prior to 1990 may contain asbestos particles. These tiles can be found in both commercial and residential buildings in Canada. Start by looking at the age of the building, or the date of ceiling tile installation, which may help you determine if further testing is required.
If the tiles are old looking, discoloured, or in an older building, special handling and testing for asbestos is needed by a qualified technician. If these tiles do in fact contain asbestos, disturbing them could send dangerous particles throughout the building. Older ceiling tiles will easily break, stirring up dust that could contain asbestos fibers. It’s important to your health not to make a dusty mess or renovate an unknown area without taking proper precautions. Of course not all ceiling tiles contain asbestos fibers but if it’s an older building we recommend you have them tested before proceeding with any removals.
There are also other types of ceiling material that may contain high levels of asbestos including: textured paint, textured panels, and spray-on popcorn ceiling. Even using safety masks, HEPA vacuums will not contain all the airborne asbestos particles. This is a job that must be handled by a trained professional who will make sure all removals and disposal of materials is done correctly.
Play it safe and call Stutters for a qualified asbestos removal specialist to test your ceiling prior to any removing.
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