Is Vermiculite Lurking in Your Attic?

For over 60 years vermiculite was installed as attic and wall insulation throughout Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee and all of Southeast Wisconsin. Unfortunately, much of this vermiculite was contaminated with a similar mineral, asbestos. Asbestos is also a naturally occurring mineral and it was incidentally dug up alongside the vermiculite.

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The company responsible for selling the vermiculite, usually under the brand name Zonolite, was sued by the families of those who died working in the vermiculite mines (read about the Libby, Montana vermiculite mine catastrophe). Through bankruptcy proceedings, the company responsible was allowed to restructure and stay in business. However, they were required to set aside $140 million dollars to help existing homeowners remove the vermiculite from their attics and then have those attics properly re-insulated. The program is now called the Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust. In summary, they will pay for 55% of the cost to remove and re-insulate an attic with Zonolite brand vermiculite attic insulation. Most of the vermiculite used in the Midwest from 1920 to 1980 was Zonolite brand vermiculite.

call-rhi-262-989-8299If you are a homeowner, a home buyer, a realtor, an electrician, a home renovator, HVAC installer, or home inspector, please contact us today. Our company, Racine Home Insulators, LLC, can remove the vermiculite from your home and properly insulate the attic and we can usually do that before your chosen closing date. We give priority to all homes involved in sale transactions.

Removing the vermiculite will keep your family safe, and also greatly raise the value of your home. We are a licensed asbestos abatement company that carries pollution liability insurance, a necessity when handling vermiculite and asbestos. We are also a “Trade Ally” of Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, so we can qualify your home for the additional discounts provided through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Racine Home Insulators, LLC, works with real estate professionals, home inspectors, and contractors, such as electricians and heating and cooling professionals. If you are a professional, please review the following information about vermiculite and the ZAI Trust:

– Home Inspectors please read this article about identifying vermiculite
– Real Estate Professionals please read this article about resolving buyer and seller concerns when vermiculite has been identified

After all of the eligible program discounts and reimbursements some of our customers end up paying as little as $1.50 per square foot of attic space for not just removal of the old insulation, but also air sealing and re-insulating the attic with 15″ of fresh insulation. Attics with difficult access, floor boards that need to be removed, or lots of insulation that was installed on top of the vermiculite will increase the cost.

Regardless, that is a great price for a lot of difficult work. Racine Home Insulators, LLC, would like to help you remove the vermiculite from your attic and properly re-insulate it to ENERGY STAR standards. The program requirements are available today, and until funds run out. Call us today at 262-989-8299 for a free cost estimate or to learn more about the ZAI Trust and the huge discounts that are available.