Homes built or remodeled from 1923 to 1990, particularly in the Northern States may have deadly vermiculite contaminated by asbestos from W.R. Grace in the attic insulation. According to the EPA, the vermiculite contaminated by asbestos insulation was largely packaged and branded “Zonolite” but was also sold as other names as well.
To safely remove the asbestos from your home and attic, several safety precautions must be taken and in many cases, there are regulations that must be followed during the removal of asbestos or there will be severe penalties. Asbestos cannot just be thrown away in the garbage. It must be properly disposed of.
Before any removal of asbestos should be done, an asbestos professional inspector trained by the federal government or state government should assess the need for removal. It is recommended that this asbestos inspector not work for an asbestos removal company who may have other interests in mind such as financial gain.
During removal of asbestos, removers must be covered from head to toe so that the fibers do not stick to their hair, skin or clothing. Protective goggles and breathing mask must also be worn so that the fibers do not get in the eyes or become inhaled. Removal of asbestos must be performed by licensed professionals. The risks of improperly removing asbestos may actually be more harmful to your family and home than leaving the asbestos undisturbed.
If the asbestos insulation in the attic is badly damaged, it must be removed. Damaged insulation may release the asbestos fibers into the air and cause asbestos dust which may be inhaled and transported throughout the home.
After any removal of asbestos, the asbestos inspector should return to the home to make sure that the asbestos removal company has properly removed and cleaned the asbestos from the home. As mentioned earlier, asbestos dust may be very harmful to you and your family.