Vermiculite insulation, often used in attics, is highly likely to include asbestos fibers. If you need to remove vermiculite, it’s critical to work with an experienced and licensed asbestos removal expert to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters the property.
The Link Between Vermiculite and Asbestos Removal
Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that is well-suited to insulation. It expands when exposed to heat, creating a strong barrier that is lightweight, absorbent, fire-resistant, and odorless. Unfortunately, the majority of vermiculite mined in the United States prior to 1990 came from a mine in Libby, Montana, that also contained deposits of asbestos. All of the vermiculite from this mine is believed to be contaminated.
Asbestos fibers are hazardous if inhaled. These fibers lodge in the lungs and have been linked to numerous lung diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Testing for asbestos in vermiculite insulation is dangerous and can be inconclusive. Therefore, the safest course of action is to treat all vermiculite as if it contains asbestos.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends hiring professionals for all asbestos removal and vermiculite removal projects. If you need to remove vermiculite in Waterford, Grand Blanc, or the greater Ann Arbor area, call the team at Environmental Affairs, LLC, to safely and effectively remove and dispose of this insulation.
Choose a Licensed Vermiculite and Asbestos Abatement Contractor
Don’t be fooled by promises of a quick fix or a low price when it comes to vermiculite or asbestos remediation. For safe and effective vermiculite removal in Oakland County and Southeast Michigan, count on Environmental Affairs, LLC. We are licensed and insured and are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration.
Environmental Affairs, LLC, has over 17 years of experience in vermiculite disposal. We always employ best practices and the latest proven technologies to make sure the job gets done while keeping everyone safe. When it comes to vermiculite removal, we follow all EPA guidelines, including:
- Total sealing of the affected area
- Use of a class-H vacuum for vermiculite and asbestos containment
- Double-wrapping of all vermiculite for safe transport
This process ensures that little to no dust (which may contain asbestos fibers) will be released during the removal process. If we discover that removal isn’t viable, we’ll discuss containment options in order to keep your property safe for all residents and visitors.
If you have questions or concerns about vermiculite in your home or property, contact the team at Environmental Affairs, LLC. We serve clients in Waterford, Grand Blanc, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Sterling Heights, and the surrounding area. Our team is here for all of your vermiculite removal and asbestos remediation needs. For safe and effective vermiculite abatement in Southeast Michigan, call Environmental Affairs, LLC, today!