Popcorn ceilings can be an asbestos hazard if your home was built before 1972. The grooved bumpy patterns on popcorn ceilings in some homes can contain Asbestos. The EPA says Asbestos can be extremely dangerous and is highly toxic. In the State of California, Asbestos is a known carcinogen. You can’t tell just by looking at your popcorn ceiling if it contains asbestos. The fibers are microscopic, thousands of times smaller than the width of the human hair.


A qualified professional can verify if you have popcorn ceilings that are made with asbestos. Don’s Ceilings offers Abestos Testing. At only $250, a trained professional will come to your home, take several samples, and have it tested by an accredited laboratory.

Asbestos was commonly used in popcorn ceilings up until the 1980’s. While undisturbed asbestos does not cause any health issues, during home renovation projects asbestos fibers can fill the air and cause a host of medical issues. Popcorn ceilings were popular from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Almost all popcorn ceilings contain some amount of asbestos; therefore, if you are planing to repair or renovate your ceiling you should have it tested for asbestos first to see if it has >3% asbestos in the popcorn ceiling material. Testing for asbestos before causing health problems to yourself and your home occupants during renovation projects is the right way to move forward.

Older popcorn ceiling texture can contain asbestos. If you haven’t already tested your popcorn texture for asbestos, Don’s ceilings will help you and can remove your popcorn ceilings.

Analysis Method

EPA 600/R‐93/116 (Limit of Detection <1%) more

Turnaround Time

72 Hours (excluding weekends)

Sample Size

1 square inch (Non-Friable Material) or 1 teaspoon (Friable Material)

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