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Vermiculite Testing & Abatement

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Vermiculite is a naturally existing mineral mined around the world and used in a variety of commercial and consumer products because it is fire-resistant and good insulation properties. Some of the vermiculite ore produced by the Libby Mine in Montana from the 1920's to 1990 was sold as Zonolite® Attic Insulation and possibly other brands in Canada during that time. Vermiculite mined from the Libby Mines in Montana may contain varied percentages of amphibole asbestos as testing shows. The Libby Mine supplied the majority of the world market in vermiculite-based insulation and much of it came to Canada between 1960 and 1985. Vermiculite is a non homogenous material hence why testing and remediating it requires special attention that may be considered above and beyond the regulatory requirements.


Products made from vermiculite ore produced by the Libby Mine were not widely used after the mid-1980's and have not been on the market in Canada since 1990. Not all vermiculite produced before 1990 contains amphibole asbestos fibres. However, to be safe and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, it is reasonable to assume that if your building has older vermiculite-based insulation, it may contain some amphibole asbestos. Due to the fact that vermiculite is a non homogenous materials, you cannot really assume by testing, that certain percentages of contained asbestos are ok. We at Martech Group, always advise our clients that a comprehensive testing should be completed to exceed the sampling / testing requirements of the Ontario Regulation 278/05. Non homogenous materials are known to vary in consistency from one area to the other, hence a more accurate and precise investigation should take place.


Many clients have contacted us to enquire about how to deal with Vermiculite. Unfortunately, many consultants, Home Inspectors, Realtors and Contractors relay incorrect and misleading information that may impact the health of occupants as a result. We have personally run into some debates on behalf of the general public with such bodies with regards to Vermiculite. The issue seems to always be that in accordance with the Ontario Regulation, “if it is less than 0.5%, then it is not an ACM” and yes, we agree, for homogenous materials, not vermiculite. It is our professional opinion, and we speak from experience, and as only our opinion and not others, that is Asbestos is detected in any of the samples, then the Vermiculite should be treated as an asbestos containing material. We will gladly provide you with a free consultation, call us today at 1-855-291-4663

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Our Vermiculite Testing & Abatement services covers the Niagara, Barrie and Oshawa area. Including: Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, London, Oakville, Ontario and more.

 

 

 

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Vermiculite Testing & Abatement

Environmental Sciences / Engineering

Vermiculite is a naturally existing mineral mined around the world and used in a variety of commercial and consumer products because it is fire-resistant and good insulation properties. Some of the vermiculite ore produced by the Libby Mine in Montana from the 1920's to 1990 was sold as Zonolite® Attic Insulation and possibly other brands in Canada during that time. Vermiculite mined from the Libby Mines in Montana may contain varied percentages of amphibole asbestos as testing shows. The Libby Mine supplied the majority of the world market in vermiculite-based insulation and much of it came to Canada between 1960 and 1985. Vermiculite is a non homogenous material hence why testing and remediating it requires special attention that may be considered above and beyond the regulatory requirements.


Products made from vermiculite ore produced by the Libby Mine were not widely used after the mid-1980's and have not been on the market in Canada since 1990. Not all vermiculite produced before 1990 contains amphibole asbestos fibres. However, to be safe and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, it is reasonable to assume that if your building has older vermiculite-based insulation, it may contain some amphibole asbestos. Due to the fact that vermiculite is a non homogenous materials, you cannot really assume by testing, that certain percentages of contained asbestos are ok. We at Martech Group, always advise our clients that a comprehensive testing should be completed to exceed the sampling / testing requirements of the Ontario Regulation 278/05. Non homogenous materials are known to vary in consistency from one area to the other, hence a more accurate and precise investigation should take place.


Many clients have contacted us to enquire about how to deal with Vermiculite. Unfortunately, many consultants, Home Inspectors, Realtors and Contractors relay incorrect and misleading information that may impact the health of occupants as a result. We have personally run into some debates on behalf of the general public with such bodies with regards to Vermiculite. The issue seems to always be that in accordance with the Ontario Regulation, “if it is less than 0.5%, then it is not an ACM” and yes, we agree, for homogenous materials, not vermiculite. It is our professional opinion, and we speak from experience, and as only our opinion and not others, that is Asbestos is detected in any of the samples, then the Vermiculite should be treated as an asbestos containing material. We will gladly provide you with a free consultation, call us today at 1-855-291-4663

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  • Former Marijuana Grow Operations - Assessment & Remediation
  • Water Quality Testing
  • Remediation Management
  • Bio-Hazardeous Remediation Management

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  • Property Conditions Assessments
  • Building Conditions Assessments
  • Reserve Fund Studies
  • Building Envelope Assessment
  • Mechanical Systems Inspection
  • Electrical Systems Inspection (ESA)
  • Building Code Compliance
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Waterproofing Inspection
  • Building / Home Health Assessments
  • Fire Code

Construction Management

Turn Key Operations Including Design, Permitting and Construction

Engineering Design and Permitting

  • Residential Design and Layouts
  • Commercial / Retail Design and Layouts
  • Interior Design
  • New and Existing Construction Permits
  • Code Compliance

Our Vermiculite Testing & Abatement services covers the Niagara, Barrie and Oshawa area. Including: Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, London, Oakville, Ontario and more.

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