Vermiculite is a mineral that was commonly used in homes that were built before the 1990s. If your home was built before these times, there’s a strong possibility that you could have vermiculite insulation in your walls or attic.
Vermiculite is a flat and shiny mineral in its natural state and has a silver-gold to gray-brown coloring. This mineral was commonly used in household insulation around the U.S. because it could expand in extreme temperatures and it doesn’t burn.
However, vermiculite insulation isn’t necessarily the best option for your home. Let’s take a closer look at some of the dangers of vermiculite:
When Is Vermiculite Considered Dangerous?
It’s hard to believe that a material used in houses for many years could be dangerous, but in a lot of cases, vermiculite could be very harmful if it’s still in your home today. Although vermiculite itself has not been a health problem, a lot of vermiculite insulation contains asbestos fibers, which can cause serious health issues if you’re exposed to it.
Believe it or not, a large percentage of vermiculite insulation that’s found in households today has asbestos in it.
How is Asbestos Harmful?
Even just breathing in small traces of asbestos can still cause serious health concerns. Common diseases associated with asbestos are asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.
Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t see vermiculite insulation as a health hazard, at least not in many homes. However, experienced, quality home inspectors would say differently. Even vermiculite with less than 1 percent of asbestos is still a potential hazard and should be removed immediately. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
How Can You Minimize the Risk of Exposure?
If you suspect that you have contaminated vermiculite in your home, it’s important that you don’t go seeking it yourself. Always make sure you have a team of trained professionals to inspect your home. Avoid all areas of the home where you suspect vermiculite.
Most importantly, never remove the insulation yourself.
Contact a Team of Trained Professionals to Remove Your Vermiculite
If you suspect that your home or business has vermiculite, give us a call at 315-861-2211 today!