In the 1950s, loose fill vermiculite insulation was introduced to the market. It has been in use until the 1970s. Montana was the source of a large portion of this insulation. In 1990, it was found out that the mine had been contaminated by asbestos. This was due to vermiculite being also extracted. Before removing any vermiculite insulation loose-fill insulation from an attic, a local environmental firm should test it for asbestos. When asbestos has been touched or mixed with household air, it poses the greatest danger to the occupants.
A local environmental firm should test for asbestos in insulation. You should hire an expert company to extract the insulation.
In the 1950s, loose fill vermiculite insulation was introduced and used until the 1970s.
- Ask a professional to test your insulation for asbestos.
Protect yourself against dust and dirt from removing insulation.
Use the scoop to move insulation from the attic into a bag. You will work your way up the attic, trying to remove as much insulation as you can using this method. Don’t touch any wires in the attic.
Use the vacuum’s hose to remove any insulation remaining between ceiling joists.
For information on proper disposal of asbestos-free vermiculite insulation, contact your nearest municipal dump.
Vermiculite insulation should not be touched or removed if it isn’t contaminated. A specialist company that is experienced in the removal of asbestos must take it out. Don’t expose yourself to potential carcinogens.