Vermiculite is a material that has been used in a wide range of applications in Toronto for many decades. When exposed to extremely high temperatures, vermiculite flakes expand by as much as 30 times their average size. This expanded material makes a super-light-weight, odorless, fire-resistant material, so, as you can imagine, vermiculite has been used widely in all kinds of commercial and residential products. Traditionally, attic and wall insulation have been two of the most common sources for vermiculite in Toronto. What’s the problem with this? What’s the danger with vermiculite insulation?
Why is Vermiculite Insulation Dangerous?
From the early 1900s up until the early 1990s, vermiculite was widely contaminated with asbestos. Contaminated vermiculite insulation was used in most homes in Toronto during this period. If you have vermiculite insulation in your home, asbestos testing services are available through Asbestos Environmental of Canada. If your home contains vermiculite insulation, we highly recommend testing since exposure to asbestos is closely linked to lung disease and cancer as well as other illnesses.
How to Stay Safe if You Have Vermiculite in Toronto
Asbestos fibers must be airborne to pose a health risk to your home’s occupants. The inhaled airborne fibers are extremely toxic, so do not attempt to remove, handle, or disturb this material on your own, even if you are certain that you know just what you are doing! Instead, leave the removal of vermiculite in Toronto to a professional who is trained and has the equipment needed to remove asbestos from your home safely.
As mentioned, exposure to asbestos leads to lung disease, cancer, and mesothelioma, ultimately culminating in premature death. The frustrating aspect of asbestos-related diseases is that they don’t show up for years – even decades – following asbestos exposure. Obviously, the more frequently and the greater the amount of exposure to asbestos will increase the health risk, respectively. To be sure; any exposure to asbestos is too much. There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure!
Finding Asbestos in Vermiculite
As you can see, there is much to know about vermiculite insulation. If your home has vermiculite in Toronto, please, contact Asbestos Environmental of Canada today and schedule your testing. To limit the amount of exposure to asbestos that you, your family, your pets, and your guests experience in your home; it is crucial to test the indoor air quality of your home. Also, we need to test the vermiculite insulation itself to make sure there is no asbestos present. At this point, you may be wondering what we will do if asbestos is found.
How We Remove Vermiculite in Toronto
When we get a positive test for the presence of asbestos in vermiculite in Toronto, you will need to leave your home while we safely cordon off the areas that contain asbestos and safely remove it. When we are finished, your home will be completely asbestos-free and safe to return to.