Step 1 Test for Asbestos
When it comes to an older popcorn ceiling, asbestos is always a concern. That’s why you need to test for asbestos before you begin your project. Test kits are available, but more thorough testing is usually a safer choice.
To do this, you’ll want to contact your local health department and schedule an asbestos test. Some private contractors can also handle asbestos testing for you. Don’t begin work until you get a negative asbestos test.
If your ceiling tests positive for asbestos, covering it with new drywall is usually your best bet. Professional removal is also an option. Never try to remove asbestos on your own.