Vermiculite is a loose fill insulation used until the mid 1980’s. It may contain asbestos.
Q: What do homebuyers think it means?
A: The home is a health risk.
Q: What does it really mean?
A: Nothing, for most home owners. If you’re going to be working in the attic, you should take precautions, like wearing a mask.
Q: What should we do about it?
A: Leave it alone. Do not pay to get it tested. It almost certainly contains asbestos. But, so do hundreds of other house components.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Nothing. Do not pay thousands of dollars to have it removed.
Q: What should I tell my clients?
A: it is an issue created by the media. There is no health risk. Health Canada says “leave it alone”.
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