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Popcorn Removal

Popcorn ceilings were common between the 50’s and 70’s. The ease to hide imperfections and its light, clear appearance, made this option a top choice in construction. Whether you call it popcorn, cottage cheese, stucco, textured or acoustic ceilings these spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatments may not be the safest choice for your environment.

Asbestos was a very popular mineral during that period. Its fire retardant and noise reduction properties made it an essential ingredient in popcorn ceilings. Until, the Federal government announced in the late 70’s that asbestos was bad for your health. Debilitating lung diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer were directly correlated with asbestos exposure. The use of asbestos in textured ceiling paint was officially banned in 1977.

However, in order to minimize economic hardship to suppliers and installers, existing inventories of asbestos-bearing texturing materials were exempt from the ban, so it is possible to find asbestos in popcorn ceilings that were applied through the 1980s. After the ban, popcorn ceiling materials were created using a paper-based or Styrofoam product to create the texture, rather than asbestos. While not all popcorn ceilings have asbestos, testing is prudent.

How We Help

At ALM Services, our asbestos certified crew can tests for asbestos and conceal the area to protect you from airborne particles. Once the are has been concealed, our team goes to work to completely remove the popcorn ceiling and replacing it with knockdown texture and implement drywall repairs as needed.


ALM Services ensures every crew member undergoes specialized training strictly operating under and in compliance with asbestos abatement regulations and standards as set forth and enforced by OSHA and the EPA.

Make sure your abatement, remediation and restoration work is performed by an Arizona-licensed contractor. ALM Services is a Bonded, Insured and Licensed Restoration Contractor (#291874) that proudly serves the greater Phoenix Metropolitan and Pinal County area.


A work plan is communicated to you detailing our process from beginning to end.

  • Set-Up: We carefully remove all moveable objects; cover non-moveable items, walls, floors and ceilings with high-grade, protective plastic; and seal off any openings to prevent fibers and debris from spreading.
  • Asbestos Remediation: Our specialists then get to work in the contaminated area! First, they mist ceiling with Amended Water, allow amended water to penetrate  for a few minutes, then scrape texture from ceiling. Then they remove, bag and dispose any material in the work area..
  • Post-Remediation: After thorough cleaning and removal, our third party partners test the area (at owners request) for any airborne asbestos fibers.

Call ALM Services today at (602) 257-8000.