Asbestos and Vermiculite

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Vermiculite is also known as “Zonolite”, after the company that commercialized it in the 1920s

Should you discover vermiculite at your place (usually in the attic, but also in walls and ceilings), it is best to have it tested as it may contain asbestos. Inhaled, asbestos fibres are harmful to your health. Note that not all vermiculites contain asbestos. However, don’t rely simply on appearance or the year of installation to judge whether or not asbestos is present.

Two testing options are available :

1 Site visit and collection of samples by Benjel

This is recommended as a technician will collect sample in person and can testify as to where it came from.

1 Analysis of sample delivered or mailed to the lab.

For further info regarding procedures for sending a sample, call us at (514) 360-3386 or contact us by clicking here.

Other Insulation Material to be Tested for Asbestos :

  • Duct insulation
  • Tiles
  • Thermal plates
  • Gypsum board joints (manufactured between 1960-1970)
  • etc.

In Quebec, a material is considered contaminated with asbestos when it contains a minimum of 0.1% of it. Strict decontamination rules apply. It is important to hire specialists and adhere to the stringent and specific laws that govern removal of materials containing asbestos.

For further info on vermiculite or asbestos, you can always reach us at (514) 360-3386 or toll free at 1 (855) 382-0836 or online.


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