What is vermiculite?
Vermiculite is a durable, fireproof insulation material. It comes in the form of pellets that resemble pet food. Vermiculite was once used extensively in attics, false floors and even walls because of its excellent insulating properties. However, it has since been replaced by mineral wool, urethane and cellulose.
Risks linked to vermiculite
Vermiculite generally contains asbestos fibers. In recent years, it has been shown that exposure to asbestos can cause serious respiratory disorders, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. As long the vapor barriers are well-sealed, there’s usually no danger of the vermiculite particles polluting the air inside the home. However, as soon as you do renovations on your home or decide to sell it, the presence of vermiculite containing asbestos becomes a serious problem.
Testing and removing the vermiculite insulation in your home
To find out if your vermiculite insulation contains asbestos fibers that could represent a health risk for your home’s occupants, you just need to have a few samples tested in a laboratory. If the test comes back negative, you’re in luck! However, if it’s positive, it’s recommended to have your home decontaminated and to have the vermiculite replaced by another type of insulation material that’s safe and approved. This is no easy task! Handling these materials has resulted in numerous respiratory complications. That’s why it’s so important to have the decontamination work performed by professionals.
Purchasing a home
When you decide to purchase a home, we strongly recommend that you have the insulation tested, especially if the home was built before 1990. The walls, false floors or attic could be full of vermiculite insulation containing asbestos fibers. Before you purchase a home, take all the necessary precautions to avoid being overwhelmed by this problem.
Other types of decontamination
Asbestos isn’t the only contaminant that could be present in your home. Thorough testing might reveal the presence of Zonolite, mold or different types of fungus. These contaminants are also harmful to the health of your home’s residents and should be dealt with promptly.
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