Zonolite Insulation is the name of the product sold as attic insulation to millions of homes across America between the 1940’s and 1990s. This insulation was typically gray/brown and consisted of pebble-like texture. Zonolite was extremely popular for it light weight and fire resistant characteristics. The problem with Zonolite was that it was tainted with asbestos. Due to this Zonolite ma be harmful to residents because if your home was insulated between 1940 and 1990 there is a chance there is still asbestos-tainted Zonolite in your attic. Any activity that disturbs Zonolite Insulation can result in asbestos fibers being released into the air and into your lungs.
Zonolite can be traced back to Libby Montana where much of the vermiculite mineral was mined during the 1900s. Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral that made up the Zonolite insulation. The vermiculite that was used for Zonolite was found to contain some of the most toxic forms of asbestos. And some estimates project as many as 35 million US buildings contain asbestos containing Zonolite insulation. A home with Zonolite asbestos insulation could yield mild to moderates asbestos exposure over many years and this long-term exposure is extremely dangerous to those who inhabit it. This exposure could increase the likelihood of mesothelioma lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
SCS environmental services specialize in the abatement of asbestos and the removal of Zonolite attic insulation. Handling asbestos containing Zonolite is dangerous and should only be performed by a licensed professional. If you suspect that you have Zonolite in your attic do not disturb the insulation and do not attempt to remove the insulation on your own. Call the professionals at SCS Environmental services today!