Safely Remove Vermiculite Insulation
Vermiculite is a mica-like mineral that was used as insulation in many houses and commercial buildings (sometimes marketed as “zonolite”) between 1920 and the early 1990s. When heated, it expands like “popcorn” into a loose, lightweight material that is absorbent, fireproof, and a good insulator. Much of this vermiculite contained some asbestos when it was originally mined.
Under no circumstances should you attempt to remove or disturb vermiculite insulation. Vermiculite removal should be carried out by an experienced contractor trained in its safe removal.
Vermiculite Removal Steps:
- Consultation & site inspection
- Bulk sample analysis by independent third-party
- NOP (Notice of Project) submitted to WorkSafeBC
- Containment & sealing off of work area
- Air monitoring if necessary
- Vermiculite removal
- Area clean & inspection
- Encapsulation of area with sealant
- Visual or air clearance
- Disposal at an approved landfill