What is Vermiculite Insulation?
Vermiculite insulation is a type of home insulation used until the early 2000s, when it was discovered that the vermiculite insulation contained asbestos. Vermiculite insulation is made from vermiculite, a mineral that is mined from the earth. When vermiculite is heated, it expands and becomes lightweight and fluffy. This makes vermiculite an ideal material for insulation but there are dangers involved.
What Does Vermiculite Insulation Look Like?
Vermiculite insulation looks like small brown and tan pebbles that are light and fluffy. You may find the insulation filled in your attic, walls, or in tight spaces in your home especially in retrofit homes build between 1925 and 1985.
Is Vermiculite Insulation Dangerous?
Since vermiculite may contain asbestos, asbestos is dangerous to your health when it is disturbed causing it to be airborne. Long term asbestos exposure can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
If you suspect you have vermiculite insulation in your home, do not try to remove it yourself. Instead, contact a professional like Green Attic for vermiculite testing and to have the insulation removed safely.
Should I buy Vermiculite Insulation?
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) does not recommend that you purchase vermiculite insulation. If you have vermiculite insulation in your home, the EPA recommends that you leave it undisturbed and contact a professional to remove the insulation if necessary.
Vermiculite Insulation Testing
There are two ways to test vermiculite insulation for asbestos. The first and best way is to have a professional like Green Attic insulation contractors come to your home and take samples of the vermiculite insulation for testing in a laboratory.
The second way is to use an at-home test kit. These kits are available at most hardware stores and can be used to test a small sample of vermiculite insulation for asbestos. But be sure to sample multiple areas.
Vermiculite Insulation Removal
If you have vermiculite insulation in your home, and it tests positive for asbestos, the best way to remove it is to hire a professional vermiculite removal company. Companies like Green Attic are trained and certified in safely removing vermiculite insulation and will dispose of it properly.
When Should Vermiculite Insulation Be Removed?
The best thing to do is to leave the vermiculite insulation alone. As long as it is not airborne, it will not harm you.
However, if any of the below apply to you, it is best to get the vermiculite insulation removed.
- You use your attic as a storage space
- You spend a lot of time in your attic
- You are about to do home improvements or renovations in close proximity to the vermiculite insulation.
The Vermiculite Removal Process
If you choose to go with Green Attic, here is what to expect in our three step vermiculite removal process.
- First, our team will assess your home to determine the best vermiculite removal plan.
- Next, we will contain the vermiculite insulation to prevent any asbestos fibers from becoming airborne.
- Finally, we will remove the vermiculite insulation and dispose of it properly.
The vermiculite removal process can be disruptive, but our team will work quickly and efficiently to minimize the disruption to your home.
Vermiculite Insulation Removal Cost
The cost of vermiculite removal varies depending on the size and layout of your home, as well as the amount of vermiculite insulation that needs to be removed.
To get a vermiculite removal estimate for your home, contact Green Attic today. We will send one of our vermiculite removal experts to your home to assess the situation and provide you with a vermiculite removal estimate.
If you want to learn about vermiculite removal more in depth, check out our vermiculite removal page.
Removing vermiculite insulation from your home is an important step in protecting your family from asbestos exposure. As vermiculite removal experts, we have the experience and knowledge to safely remove vermiculite insulation from your home. We will work quickly and efficiently to minimize the disruption to your home.
Contact us today for a vermiculite removal estimate.