It’s important to keep our homes safe & healthy — and you may not realize what is and what isn’t hazardous in your home.
Mark Haynes, Environmental Specialist from Abide Inc. and he joins us to share more about vermiculite.
- Brown or Yellow Mineral with a gold flecks.
- Used in insulation and a moisture retentive medium for growing plants
- Significantly expands when heated.
- For insulation, the puffed or exfoliated vermiculite was treated with a water repellent.
- When mined the ore contained a form of asbestos called Tremolite.
- Most commonly used in attics as a loose fill insulation between 1940 and 1990
- 70% of all Vermiculite sold in the US from 1919 to 1990 was mined near Libby, Montana owned and operated by WR Grace.
- This mine was contaminated with asbestos!
- Most common brand name of insulation was Zonolite
- According to EPA, if Vermiculite Insulation is present, assume it to contain Asbestos. Testing is not necessary.
- It is not homogeneous, so negative testing results for asbestos can give you a false sense of security
- If you cannot manage it in place or want to get rid of the liability. It can be expensive, there is help.
- Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust can off-set costs of by 55% up to a $7,500 abatement or up to $4,125
- Home owner must first submit a claim on line and then send sample to the Trust.
- Once verified that it is Zonolite, you will need to submit an invoice and proof that the work was done to get reimbursed.
- Only Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractors can safely remove it. Some will even walk you through the reimbursement process.