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Old 08-12-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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Question How can you tell if your ceiling tiles contain asbestos?

Already posted this on the interior design forum, but thought I this forum might be better suited. We're going to take these ceiling tiles down soon. They are covered with a drop ceiling as well. Look like there was a leak and the prior owners just covered the water damage. They look like they can come down pretty easy. But is there a special, less destructive way to pull them down? It looks as if you could just poke them and they'll come crumbling down.

Also, is there a way you can just tell by looking at them whether they contain anything harmful like asbestos?

TIA
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Already posted this on the interior design forum, but thought I this forum might be better suited. We're going to take these ceiling tiles down soon. They are covered with a drop ceiling as well. Look like there was a leak and the prior owners just covered the water damage. They look like they can come down pretty easy. But is there a special, less destructive way to pull them down? It looks as if you could just poke them and they'll come crumbling down.

Also, is there a way you can just tell by looking at them whether they contain anything harmful like asbestos?

TIA
How old are the tiles/house?

Before I start ripping away, I'd take a sample for testing.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Already posted this on the interior design forum, but thought I this forum might be better suited. We're going to take these ceiling tiles down soon. They are covered with a drop ceiling as well. Look like there was a leak and the prior owners just covered the water damage. They look like they can come down pretty easy. But is there a special, less destructive way to pull them down? It looks as if you could just poke them and they'll come crumbling down.

Also, is there a way you can just tell by looking at them whether they contain anything harmful like asbestos?

TIA
The only definitive way to tell is if there are markings on them you can trace back to the manufacturer or testing by a laboratory. There are plenty of labs out there that offer inexpensive tests that are available to the consumer. If you google asbestos testing you will find them
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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How old are the tiles/house?

Before I start ripping away, I'd take a sample for testing.
House was built 1926, but renovations look like they were done anywhere from
the '60's to the '80's.

i will take a pic & post.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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The only definitive way to tell is if there are markings on them you can trace back to the manufacturer or testing by a laboratory. There are plenty of labs out there that offer inexpensive tests that are available to the consumer. If you google asbestos testing you will find them
thanks! i'm going to try that.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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from the '60's to the '80's.
It could very well have asbestos. By the mid-70's, it was getting out of favor, but there's still a chance.

Another vote for having it tested before you demo.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've used this lab in the past:

Western Analytical Laboratory - Asbestos Testing Lab
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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i will take a pic & post.
Don't waste your time. Spend it taking a sample and sending it in to get checked out
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Yes, I am not going to disturb it. We're hiring a co. out here to come & check it out. We had them here before we closed to test a pipe in the attic.

Thanks All!
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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One quick way to rule out asbestos is to look at the core of the tile. If it is brown/tan, it is not likely asbestos.

If the core is white or gray, then there is a chance it could be asbestos. It may also just be cellulose (the most common material of ceiling tiles).

Have it tested for sure, it should not be that much money. If I do any sampling during a home inspection, I just charge the lab fee and enough to cover shipping. If I go out just for asbestos, I will charge a trip fee.
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