Is Your House Killing you? Here’s why you Must Remove old Vermiculite Insulation


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Your house is supposed to be danger free, and a place that you can always rely on to be comfortable and relaxing. But, what if you know there were harmful materials hiding inside your walls?

Vermiculite insulation was used for many years as home insulation. It was installed in the attics and walls of thousands of homes in Canada, and for years it was believed to be a safe and harmless product.

Several years ago, however, research discovered that some of the vermiculite contained low levels of asbestos - a naturally occuring mineral which has been proven to be carcinogenic to humans.

What is vermiculite insulation?

Vermiculite is a silver-gold to gray-brown mineral that is flat and shiny in its natural state. There are two distinct types of vermiculite insulation, it may resemble expanded multi coloured “popcorn” or “chopped brown rice”.

Vermiculite was mined from the Libby Mine in Montana as well as several mines in South Africa - yet it is just the vermiculite that came from the Libby Mine that contains harmful asbestos fibers.

The smaller chopped brown rice style is typically from the Libby Mine and may be contaminated with asbestos - however, an approved laboratory is needed to determine whether vermiculite contains asbestos or not.

Is vermiculite a danger?

Asbestos fibers may be disturbed during renovations, electrical projects, or entry into the attic, while air leakage from the attic into your home may also allow asbestos fibers into the house. However, if managed and left undisturbed it’s quite possible that you can live safely in your home, without the need to remove vermiculite.

Despite this, many people simply do not like the idea of asbestos in their homes - and who can blame them, is it really worth the risk? That’s why many people choose to get this old type of insulation removed.

Vermiculite insulation must be removed by a professional

The removal of vermiculite insulation is not something you can do yourself. In fact, inexperienced contractors and homeowners have been known to simply pull down the insulation and ceilings, allowing the contaminated material to fall on to the floor and into your home.

Other companies, meanwhile, manually shovel the vermiculite into garbage bags for disposal. These methods can release millions of asbestos fibers into your home.

The removal of any insulation contaminated by asbestos should be handled by a professional that has the experience, training, safety protocols and liability insurance in place to protect their employees, your family and your home.

How can Georgian Insulation help?

Here at Georgian Insulation, we have many years of expertise in the safe removal of vermiculite insulation. In fact, we have recently invested in an industrial grade HEPA Filtered Vecloader System, to quickly and safely remove the harmful asbestos from your attic.

This powerful system utilizes a 170 horsepower diesel engine along with Cyclonic and HEPA filtration to vacuum contaminated material straight from the attic, which is then places straight into a large, sealed container for proper disposal at an approved asbestos facility.

Following the removal of harmful materials, Georgian Insulation can re-insulate your home using the energy efficient and environmentally-friendly WALLTITE spray foam.

This insulation will seal your home from air and moisture intrusion, save on expensive home heating and cooling costs, strengthen your home, and protect your family’s health from dangerous mould, airborne pollutants, and other allergens.

Want to learn more? Contact Georgian Insulation today and speak to one of our experts - we’d be more than happy to help.

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