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Vermiculite is a shiny mineral that resembles a mix of clay cat litter and mica. The insulation material became popular between 1919 and 1990 due to its fire-resistant properties. Vermiculite in itself isn’t harmful unless it’s laced with asbestos. Vermiculite insulation containing asbestos can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer, which can show up decades after you're exposed. If you suspect you have vermiculite insulation, it’s important to have the material tested by experts to avoid spending on unnecessary cleanup.
At MoldPro, we'll provide a comprehensive analysis of your house to establish if you have an asbestos problem. If you do, we have top-of-the-line Alberta vermiculite removal experts ready to provide solutions to ensure your home is 100 percent safe for everyone.
What You Should Know About Vermiculite
One time exposure to asbestos is enough to make you develop mesothelioma and other illnesses caused by the material. It’s easy to identify vermiculite. While other kinds of insulation appear woolly or fibrous, vermiculite is loose and pebbly, much like lightweight gravel.
If you discover or suspect you have vermiculite insulation in your house, it’s vital not to disturb it. Even the slightest movement can release asbestos particles into the air. Also, take the following steps:
- Assume vermiculite contains asbestos—To be safe, it’s best to assume any vermiculite insulation is contaminated with asbestos.
- Hire an asbestos expert — If your renovation or remodeling will interfere with the vermiculite insulation, call asbestos specialists to test and confirm whether the material contains asbestos.
- Seal off the contaminated area — Ensure you seal off vermiculite insulation using spray foam or caulk around plumbing pipes, seams, fans, and any other opening where dust can filter in.
- Stay away from vermiculite insulation — Don’t go near the area or store anything in places insulated with vermiculite.
- Inform contractors about vermiculite insulation – Make sure all the contractors working on your home are aware of vermiculite insulation and potential dangers. You can even put up signs on the specific places where there's vermiculite. That way, contractors won't accidentally disturb the insulation.
- Protective gear should be worn around vermiculite insulation — If you can't avoid exposure to vermiculite, it's crucial to wear PPE's, a HEPA respirator, and goggles and make sure you don't disturb the insulation in any way.
What to Expect From Insulation Contractors
If the vermiculite insulation in your home has less than 1 percent insulation, some insulation contractors will work around it, taking all the necessary precautions in addition to installing more insulation.
On the other hand, if the vermiculite has more than 1 percent asbestos, a majority of insulation contractors will need it to be completely removed by asbestos professionals before proceeding with any insulation work.
Qualified Vermiculite Removal Pros
At MoldPro, we’ve set the industry standard of Alberta vermiculite removal. With our team of pros, you can have peace of mind knowing that once we’re done with the job, your home will be the safe haven it’s always been. To confirm if your vermiculite insulation contains asbestos, call us today: (403) 371-7836.