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Old 12-10-2008, 10:09 PM   #1
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Vermiculite Removal


I thought I'd ask you guys, that deal with insulation on a regular basis.
I'm looking to get some information on vacuums that remove vermiculite (asbestos) insulation. I'm assuming these units have to be hepa filtred units...
Anyone know of suppliers and prices etc.

Thanks,
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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I thought I'd ask you guys, that deal with insulation on a regular basis.
I'm looking to get some information on vacuums that remove vermiculite (asbestos) insulation. I'm assuming these units have to be hepa filtred units...
Anyone know of suppliers and prices etc.

Thanks,
Start with some facts.
Vermiculite isn't asbestos.
http://www.epa.gov/asbestos//pubs/verm.html

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no, however when you have a few tons of Vermiculite based insulation its bound to contain asbestos fibers. Here in Canada it was sold as an insulation product called Zenolite about 20 plus years ago - most contained .5%-8% asbestos fibers.

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Really?

I thought Zonolite was an expanded shale product?

Just curious...
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my method for removing vermiculite involves a spray bottle and a hepa vac. i spray down the vermiculite with water to keep the dust down. I than use the hepa vac to take off the moist top layer then repeat until its gone including dust. wetting it down also keeps the dust down when empting the vac. Throw away the filters when your done.
Hey TaitINC, what size is your Hepa Vac?
I have a couple of hepa vacs used for mould rememdiation but I wouldn't use them for vermiculite removal - it would take days/weeks to complete a 1500sq ft attic...and I could only get my small hepa vac up, not sure a longer hose wold work for my other one.
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Re: Vermiculite Removal


Thanks for the input...

From my understanding, major Asbestos Remediation companies use high powered truck mount vacuum systems for removal of asbestos based insulation - these units are supposedly air tight hepa filtered. I just got a quote (mins ago) from a company that sells industrial vacuums that they have units that start at $80,000!
I guess no one here has a similar type unit?
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I thought I'd ask you guys, that deal with insulation on a regular basis.
I'm looking to get some information on vacuums that remove vermiculite (asbestos) insulation. I'm assuming these units have to be hepa filtred units...
Anyone know of suppliers and prices etc.

Thanks,
Did you find a vacuum yet?
What will you be charging when you get it?
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Did you find a vacuum yet?
What will you be charging when you get it?
no - truck systems are way too much...I basically just use my hepa vacs and shovel the crap out of attics - only done a couple, tidious job...
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Just had an attic cleaned out . The company sealed the attic space off ,cut a hole in the roof and removed all the bags through it. They were licenced for this type of job. Are you? Did you have the insulation tested first. Most of that type of insulation tests ok Oh ya 10k to do it.
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Just had an attic cleaned out . The company sealed the attic space off ,cut a hole in the roof and removed all the bags through it. They were licenced for this type of job. Are you? Did you have the insulation tested first. Most of that type of insulation tests ok Oh ya 10k to do it.
Are you in Canada or the States?
What was the square feet you had removed?
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Ontario 2000sq feet
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What was the name of the company that did that for you?
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some back round info please
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So did you test the vermiculite to see if it did contain Asbestos before taking on an abatement job without following the regulations and without understanding all of the risks?

Or, am I way off here?
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So did you test the vermiculite to see if it did contain Asbestos before taking on an abatement job without following the regulations and without understanding all of the risks?

Or, am I way off here?
Hi - to 'who?' are you directing this question to? if it's to myself - then yes you are way off.

Sorry - old thread but thought I'd revisit it.
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Thanks for the input...

From my understanding, major Asbestos Remediation companies use high powered truck mount vacuum systems for removal of asbestos based insulation - these units are supposedly air tight hepa filtered. I just got a quote (mins ago) from a company that sells industrial vacuums that they have units that start at $80,000!
I guess no one here has a similar type unit?


Did you try Krendle insulation vacuums? I have two and they work great.
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