There is concern about the hazard of Vermiculite. This is an interesting comment and confirming response that not all vermiculite is hazardous.
Letters to the EditorApr 22, 2013
I was just reading the February 2013 edition of the REM magazine. In the article titled Mould, asbestos and vermiculite, provided by the Home Inspection Network, it starts out mentioning that many people have preconceived ideas about topics, but education can assist them in making decisions. Then the article goes on to suggest that there is a problem with all vermiculite.
Only vermiculite that was mined next to asbestos has (caused) concern. I have had five out of six vermiculite tests come back “clean” – no asbestos. The concerns you are publicizing are again “media hype to scare people”. I respect the REM magazine and read it faithfully. I do now have an educated impression about Home Inspection Network – which is not favourable.
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre
The Home Inspection Network replies:
Thank you for your email and we apologize if our message was interpreted as an attempt for media hype as that was not our intention.
Our intent with this article was to educate as we had heard that sometimes Realtors are faced with consumer concerns over mould, asbestos and vermiculite when closing real estate deals. We wanted to address this concern and relay the message that often it is really not an issue, but still something for Realtors to be aware of. Again we do apologize if that was not how our message was interpreted, as our intentions were good. – Kate Bruyea, marketing manager, Centract and The Home Inspection Network