Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that is often used in insulation for attics. It is absorbent, light, fire-resistant and odorless, and thus a popular choice for insulation. Many people with vermiculite insulation are concerned because of the connection between vermiculite and insulation. Before 1990, the majority of vermiculite came from a mine located in Libby, Montana. The problem with this source of vermiculite was that the mine also contained a naturally-occurring deposit of asbestos. For this reason, the vermiculite that was used in insulation products was also contaminated with unsafe levels of asbestos.
What if My Home Has Vermiculite Insulation?
Vermiculite insulation is usually brown or light yellow in color and is pebble-like with a variety of particle sizes. If you think the insulation in your attic is vermiculite, the most important thing to remember is not to disturb it. Any type of disturbance will release harmful asbestos particles into the air. Do not store boxes or items in the attic if you must disturb the insulation to retrieve them. If you must enter your attic, try not to step on the insulation or disturb it in any way and leave the attic as soon as possible.
The vermiculite attic insulation might fall through holes around fans and lighting fixtures or through holes in the ceiling. To prevent this, use sealant to cover the cracks. If you need to remodel, never attempt to remove the insulation on your own. Always hire a professional trained in asbestos removal.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a medical condition related to asbestos exposure, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at 800-781-3955 to discuss your legal options.