Protecting Your Family From Asbestos Contaminated Insulation

Protecting Your Family From Asbestos Contaminated Insulation

Perhaps you have been hearing on the news about vermiculite insulation but are not sure what it is or how to protect your family from it. Vermiculite is a mineral that is naturally-occurring and has an abundance of shiny flakes. When this material heats, it expands to as much as 30 times the original size and is fire-resistant and extremely lightweight.
Asbestos Contaminated Insulation
Asbestos Contaminated Insulation

It was discovered in a mine close to Libby, Montana and was sold in the United States. It was initially thought to be a very good way to insulate homes and businesses. Unfortunately, the mine that produced much of this insulation contained asbestos, so the insulation that came from the mine was contained.

My Home Has the Vermiculite Insulation - is My Family at Risk?

Of course, it has been thoroughly documented that asbestos exposure can lead to a number of very serious health concerns, including mesothelioma. Just because insulation is present in your home, however, does not mean that you are at risk, even if it tests positive for asbestos. Asbestos, if not disturbed, by such actions as tearing down a wall containing asbestos can potentially be non-threatening.

Asbestos becomes toxic when it is disturbed. For example, if you find out that your home has vermiculite insulation and is contaminated with asbestos and pull out the insulation without a professionals help. This poses more of a risk than if you had just left the insulation undisturbed.

If you find that your home does have asbestos containing insulation, leave it alone. Consult a professional.

If I Go into My Attic am I at Risk?

If you must move some things about in your attic or place items in a space having asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation, the best thing to do is call an asbestos specialist to run tests. If asbestos is present he or she can help you.

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