Asbestos and Popcorn Ceilings???
Hi. I am new to the forum and would appreciate the straight scoop on this subject. Recently I have become aware of this issue and believe me...I will never make the same mistake. Several years ago I helped a friend remodel a house that was built in the 1970s. Not sure the exact year but somewhere between 1975-1979 would be my guess. Well I was young and stupid and did not realize there were hazards. I did not wear a mask and I scraped down a popcorn ceiling in a very large interior room. In addition I used a little hand jack hammer to remove square tiles that were attached by a very strong glue or adhesive in the living room. These tiles looked like little squares of real wood but I don't know what they were made of for sure.
So now I just became aware of how common asbestos is in popcorn ceiling and also found that some tile and adhesive or glue may contain asbestos. So I breathed in plenty of dust over the course of a few days without a mask between the scraping of the ceiling and the grinding of the floors to remove the tile which was extremely difficult because of the strength of the adhesive.
Please give me your opinions on the damage I may have done to my health. Here are some questions I have:
Were all popcorn ceilings made in the early to mid 1970s made from asbestos? If not, were the majority made with or without asbestos?
Does anyone know if the little wood square tiles common for that time period contain asbestos and/or did the glues/adhesives used to secure them contain asbestos?
If these materials contained asbestos would breathing in this dusty environment have done irrepairable damage to my lungs and any other part of my body?
Thanks for any responses. I was young and stupid back then and just didn't know there was danger. I will be so careful going forward but am having big time anxiety about what happened in the past.