SAFE & EFFECTIVE VERMICULITE REMOVAL
Vermiculite is a type of insulation that is common in the attics of older homes and is often asbestos-containing. Vermiculite is a naturally-occurring mineral. When it is heated, it expands up to 30x its original size and creates an effective fire-resistant, light-weight insulation material. In appearance, it looks a bit like popcorn and is a brown-grey or yellow-gold color.
While undisturbed vermiculite does not present an immediate concern, many insurers will charge extra if your attic contains it, and some many not even insure you at all. Also, if you are planning on selling your house, home inspectors will note vermiculite, lowering the value of your home. On the positive side, once it’s removed, you can add much more effective forms of insulation worry-free, increasing your home heating efficiency and increasing the value of your home.
OUR VERMICULITE REMOVAL PROCESS
MINIMIZING YOUR RISK
The best way to minimize asbestos exposure from vermiculite is to NOT remove or disturb the insulation. Moving the vermiculite will cause fibres to become airborne. The following precautions will prevent releasing asbestos fibres into the air:
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF VERMICULITE?
Asbestos can cause health problems when inhaled into the lungs. Breathing in very small, airborne asbestos fibres has been associated with diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
- Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a lung disease that occurs when asbestos fibres are inhaled. It is a chronic disease with a slow onset that usually requires several years of exposure. The development and progression of asbestosis vary from individual to individual. It is often slow with little changes over five, ten or more years. Many cases do not advance after diagnosis. It may, however, be quicker in some individuals than in others due to different conditions of past dust exposure.
- Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural and peritoneal cells (lining of the lung and abdominal cavity). The site of this tumor might be the lung (pleural) or the abdomen (peritoneal). Patients with pleural mesothelioma experience chest and shoulder pain and dry cough is frequent. As the cancer progresses and the tumor grows bigger, weight loss, weakness, and fever may also occur. The time between the initial exposure to asbestos and clinical signs of the disease (latency) is difficult to define because for mesothelioma the range is quite wide and the disease is rarely seen less than 10 years from the time of the first exposure and it may occur even after 40 years.
- Lung Cancer – Asbestos can cause lung cancer. Lung cancer takes many years to develop, but changes in the lung can begin almost as soon as a person is exposed to asbestos. Lung cancer usually does not cause symptoms in the early stages. When symptoms occur the cancer is often advanced. Symptoms of lung cancer include chronic cough, weight loss, shortness of breath, fever, and chest pain. These symptoms are also common with other lung disorders, therefore to confirm the diagnosis it is necessary to carry out laboratory tests including a chest x-ray.
THE AXIOM ADVANTAGE
Removing vermiculite is important, doing it properly is even more critical. Axiom has been trusted with the removal of hazardous vermiculite from hundreds of homes and buildings because of our commitment to safe and efficient vermiculite remediation. Our technicians follow proper guidelines and procedures set by the government when performing any mould remediation. We follow all guidelines set by the government to ensure your building is a safe, vermiculite free place!