Vermiculite Removal 101
Vermiculite removal has often been known to minimize the risk of exposure to asbestos. Prolonged exposure to asbestos has been linked to many serious illnesses including lung cancer, Mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity) or Asbestosis (scarring of the thin membranes lining the lung and chest).
By itself, vermiculite is not dangerous. It was used in numerous products including as insulation for attics and walls. Cross contamination with asbestos, a known carcinogen, in the Libby Mines, Montana (which was the major source for vermiculite) raised concerns about its health risks.
Vermiculite insulation in buildings that are more than 20 years old should therefore, be presumed to contain asbestos. If you suspect you have a problem, hire professionals to do the asbestos testing and vermiculite removal to eliminate unnecessary health risks.
Vermiculite Removal Process
- Asbestos Testing: Certified inspectors will comb the building collecting air and material samples to determine whether or not you have an asbestos problem, where and how much.
- Laboratory Analysis: Typically, an independent third party’s services are used to verify accuracy of findings and determine the scope of your work.
- Vermiculite Removal Plan: The findings serve as a guideline for the remediation process as not all vermiculite needs to be removed. Sometimes it is preferable to leave the asbestos fibres intact by just sealing it off.
- Sealing Of Contaminated Areas: All areas to be worked on will be sealed to prevent releasing particles of asbestos into the air and spreading the area of contamination (and increasing exposure) during the vermiculite removal process.
- Vermiculite Removal: Certified crew use the latest external industrial strength vacuums with sealed hoses and heavy duty filtration to completely remove all the contaminated vermiculite.
- Disposal: Asbestos vermiculite is collected in air tight containers and disposed of in a responsible manner.
- Post-Removal Air Sampling: This helps ensure that the vermiculite removal process was a success.
Vermiculite testing is the only way to find out if you have a problem and should schedule immediate removal. Don’t take chances with your health.
Asbestos Environmental Of Canada (AEOC) uses trained personnel and the latest equipment for effective vermiculite removal. We also have a post-removal air sampling option to confirm that our efforts have been successful.
Contact Asbestos Environmental Of Canada today at 416-985-5025 for certified vermiculite removal services.