Asbestos roofing is also called an “acoustic” ceiling or “popcorn” ceiling because of its soundproofing qualities, and it looks a bit like popcorn when it is sprayed on. There is no way to tell if you have asbestos in the roof if you do not have a sample analyzed. You can either hire an asbestos specialist or you can collect your own samples with great precautions.
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If you must take your own ceiling test for asbestos roofing testing, you must wear protective clothing such as a mask, goggles, gloves and clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. Prepare the area where you will take a sample from. Put a tarp over the roof area, and turn off any heating or cooling system. You also need to spray the roof area with fine mist containing a few drops of dishwashing liquid to keep the asbestos from becoming airborne.
Cut a small piece of the roof with a sharp knife or other cutting instrument. You will probably be able to place the sample in a plastic bag to seal and contain it. Either email or removing asbestos roofing sample to a testing facility for analysis. You will want to call a local asbestos testing opportunity to ask how they want to sample submitted. Ask what they recommend you to wear while the ceiling test and also how big of a sample that they need.