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What should I do if I have vermiculite attic insulation in my home?

Do NOT Disturb It!! Any disturbance has the potential to release asbestos fibers into the air. Limiting the number of trips you make to your attic and shortening the length of those trips can help limit your potential exposure. EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) strongly recommend that:

  • Vermiculite insulation be left undisturbed in your attic. Due to the uncertainties with existing testing techniques, it is best to assume that the material may contain asbestos.

  • You should not store boxes or other items in your attic if retrieving the material will disturb the insulation.

  • Children should not be allowed to play in an attic with open areas of vermiculite insulation.

  • If you plan to remodel or conduct renovations that would disturb the vermiculite, hire professionals trained and certified to handle asbestos to safely remove the material.

  • You should never attempt to remove the insulation yourself. Hire professionals trained and certified to safely remove the material. 

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