Vermiculite insulation often contains asbestos. To be sure, not all vermiculite contains asbestos, but much of the older household vermiculite insulation products do. If you are concerned about asbestos in your home, the first step is to contact Asbestos Environmental of Canada for comprehensive asbestos testing. If there is asbestos found in your vermiculite insulation, then you need expert vermiculite insulation removal services. Do not attempt to remove the vermiculite on your own, even if you know what you are doing!
Why is Vermiculite Insulation Dangerous
Asbestos is strongly linked to lung disease, cancer, and mesothelioma. Breathing in even just a small amount of asbestos can lead to the onset of these chronic illnesses. It is imperative for the health of yourself, your family, your pets, and your household guests that you do not disturb this material. Contact Asbestos Environmental of Canada if you need asbestos testing.
How Does Asbestos Testing Work?
If you suspect that you need vermiculite insulation removal due to the presence of asbestos, the first thing we need to do is assess and test. This way, we can get a clear picture of your problem and confirm that there really is asbestos in your vermiculite insulation.
What Kind of Insulation is Likely to Contain Asbestos?
One particular brand of insulation that is of concern is Zonolite Attic Insulation, commonly known as just “Zonolite.” This insulation was sold in Canada for many years in recent decades. The problem is that the vermiculite used in the insulation sold by Zonolite came from a mine in Libby, MT, USA, and that mine’s vermiculite was known to be contaminated with asbestos. That means that your home may also contain asbestos if it has vermiculite insulation. As a good rule of thumb, if your insulation was installed before 1990, then you need to have your home tested.
How to Stay Safe
Again, the best way to protect yourself and your home’s inhabitants from asbestos poisoning is to educate yourself and never to touch your vermiculite insulation until you have had it tested. If asbestos is present in your vermiculite insulation, you can cause the asbestos fibers to become airborne if you disturb the insulation. Aside from getting your asbestos tested immediately if you have vermiculite insulation in your home, and aside from not disturbing it until you have had it tested an no for certain that there is no asbestos in vermiculite insulation, here are a few more tips that you can apply to stay safe:
1. Do not allow anyone (including yourself) into your attic
2. Do not use the attic for storage, and do not remove any items that might already be there
3. Cauk around your lighting fixtures in your attic to keep any asbestos from falling out
4. Seal all of the cracks and holes in your ceilings to keep any asbestos from falling out
5. Caulk windows, door frames, baseboards, and electrical outlets
Asbestos Environmental of Canada is available or asbestos testing and vermiculite insulation removal. Contact us today.