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Vermiculite was once a popular material used for insulation, but fell out of favor once many people realized it was contaminated with asbestos. Unfortunately, many older homes may still have vermiculite insulation in them—which can be a serious potential problem. Let our professionals help you get rid of it.
Do you own an older building? If so, then there’s a decent chance it’s filled with vermiculite insulation—which can be a serious potential health hazard. Getting rid of vermiculite insulation is no easy task—so consider reaching out to a vermiculite removal company for assistance. Kascon, LLC, is based in Waterville, NY, and serves all of New York State, providing clients with outstanding vermiculite work that can help them effectively get contaminated insulation out of their buildings.
Vermiculite is a type of mineral that was often used for insulation. When heated, vermiculite expands, which helps to imbue it with several desirable qualities—specifically, it is relatively lightweight, fire-resistant, and odorless. It could provide property owners with tons of energy savings, and so it quickly became a popular insulation option. If you own an older home, then there’s a good chance that vermiculite is what was used to insulate it.
On the surface, vermiculite sounds like it would be an absolutely fantastic material to use for insulation—and in many ways, it was. Unfortunately, however, most vermiculite insulation comes with a problem: asbestos contamination.
From the 1920s to the 1990s, most of the vermiculite that was used for insulation came from a single place—a mine that was located near Libby, MN. This vermiculite was packaged and sold under the name “Zonolite,” with the assumption that there wouldn’t be any potential issues with the insulation. What the sellers and miners didn’t realize was that the mine contained asbestos. When the vermiculite was mined, asbestos often came with it, which contaminated the vermiculite. This, in turn, would eventually lead to health problems in anyone who used the insulation. While this problem was eventually discovered, the damage had already been done, with countless buildings filled with the contaminated vermiculite.
Because of its contamination, vermiculite insulation can be just as dangerous as asbestos. Leaving it alone can potentially be a serious issue, since constant exposure to asbestos fibers can result in a range of potential health conditions, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. This can be a serious enough problem as a homeowner, since it can put you and your family at risk; if you’re a business owner, however, the problem can be even more serious, since you could potentially be risking the health of employees and regular customers, which could result in massive lawsuits.
Determining if you have vermiculite insulation isn’t always easy—in fact, many people may not even realize they have this type of insulation until they plan to start renovations or want to tear down a building. Generally speaking, it’s a good rule of thumb to speak to a vermiculite removal company if you have an older building, since they’re the ones most likely to have this sort of insulation.
Trying to actually dispose of the insulation can be difficult, even if you know you have a problem. The removal of vermiculite insulation has to be handled with care in order to make sure that all parties involved stay safe—and that nothing is left behind. The average individual likely doesn’t have a solid grasp on how to handle vermiculite insulation removal safely and effectively, and so you shouldn’t try to handle this task alone. Instead, it’s best to call a vermiculite removal company for assistance. You’ll want to find professionals that have experience with vermiculite work, are professionally trained to handle the disposal safely, and have the right equipment to make sure the job’s done right.
That’s where our professionals at Kascon, LLC come in. We have over a decade of experience in handling hazardous materials, which gives us the training and knowledge necessary to make sure that your asbestos vermiculite removal is handled safely and effectively. We’ll begin by sending a professional out to your property to carefully inspect it for vermiculite. If we find traces of this insulation, then we’ll speak with you about getting our vermiculite removal services, carefully explaining our process so you know what to expect.
If you decide to move forward with us, then we’ll send out a qualified team to get to work. We have an incredibly strict process that allows us to safely and effectively handle the removal of any contaminated insulation. We’ll use top-of-the-line equipment and work with care in order to promptly get rid of the vermiculite—without potentially disturbing any latent asbestos.
Ultimately, our goal is to make sure that you get a healthier environment to live or work in, without forcing you to worry about hazardous materials.
Having a building that uses vermiculite insulation can be a serious problem. Because of its contamination, anyone who spends prolonged periods of time inside the building may end up dealing with potentially lethal health conditions. As such, it’s important to work with a professional to determine if your building uses vermiculite insulation and if removal is needed. At Kascon, LLC, we can help you accurately identify a problem and then handle the removal process from start to finish. Our professionals are skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable; by working with us, you can be confident that the job will be done safely. We’re based in Waterville, NY, and can serve all of New York State; reach out to us today to request a free estimate.
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