Windsor Home Inspector, Windsor Home Inspection, Home Inspector in Windsor, Home Inspector in Tecumseh, Home Inspector in Lakeshore, Home Inspector in LaSalle, Licensed Home Inspector, Windsor Mould Inspector, Windsor Holmes Inspection, Windsor Commercial Building Inspector, Windsor Thermal Imaging Inspector.
YOUR TRUSTED WINDSOR HOME INSPECTOR; Stephan Tremblay, CMI CALL 519-990-7309 126 CHENE ST. TECUMSEH ONTARIO N8N 3B6
What is vermiculite?
Vermiculite is a silver-gold to gray-brown mineral that is flat and shiny in its natural state. When heated to around 1000 degrees C, it pops (or puffs up) which creates pockets of air. This expanded form, and the fact that vermiculite does not burn, made the material suitable for use as insulation.
Of concern is Zonolite® Attic Insulation; this insulation was sold in Canada under the name of Zonolite® and was extracted from the Libby Mine in Montana, USA. This mine had a natural deposit of asbestos which resulted in the vermiculite being contaminated with asbestos.
Vermiculite produced by the Libby Mine has not been on the market in Canada for more than 10 years. Not all vermiculite sold in Canada before 1990 contains asbestos fibres. However, if you believe that your home may contain vermiculite insulation, it is reasonable to assume that it may be contaminated with asbestos.
If vermiculite is found in your attic, do not call a remediation company. You could be charged well over $10,000 for the removal of insulation that may not contain asbestos. That's because not all vermiculite is harmful. Instead, call Northern to come to your home and take a sample. After sampling, the vermiculite will be shipped from Windsor to our laboratory in Toronto. From there, trained technicians will analyze the samples for asbestos and send us a complete report within 3-5 business days. If your vermiculite is found to be free of asbestos, you will not need to remove it. If your vermiculite does in fact contain asbestos, we can give you options for your next course of action.
Don't get stuck paying big bills for little worries. Have a third-party, non-biased inspector come and sample your vermiculite today and make an informed decision.
Call Nathan Gignac for a free no obligation quote for any of our
certified environmental sampling services.